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One Last Thing

Mike Stenhouse is a former professional baseball player who played for the 1986 American League champion Boston Red Sox. In 2011 he founded the nonprofit Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, which describes itself as a free-enterprise, public policy research and advocacy group. / COURTESY MIKE STENHOUSE

Align staff to serve team

Mike Stenhouse | Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity CEO For the first time, many employers and employees are dealing with the challenges of...
Suzanna Robinson Laramee’s love for the Newport Music Festival began in 2015, when the classical pianist was a guest artist. She was named CEO and president in 2019. In May she added interim executive director to her responsibilities. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Find a way to connect

Suzanna Robinson Laramee | Newport Music Festival CEO, president and interim executive director “Only connect,” E. M. Forster’s best-known quote from “Howard’s End” has been...
Les Hiscoe joined Shawmut Design and Construction in 1998, rising to the role of chief operating officer in 2012 and CEO in 2015. He drives the continued growth of the $1.5 billion company, which has a Providence office, by focusing on the unique needs of each customer and project. / COURTESY SHAWMUT DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

Leading with values

Les Hiscoe | Shawmut Design and Construction CEO COVID-19 has created challenges few of us could have imagined. While the circumstances are new, Shawmut is...
Warwick-based Vertikal6 was formed in 2015 following the merger of Atrion SMB and RhodeOne Technology Solutions. CEO Rick Norberg, who founded RhodeOne as a one-man shop in 2002, now leads a 50-person team focused on helping organizations elevate their technology. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Find strength in company culture

Rick Norberg | Vertikal6 CEO Through all the uncertainties of today, the bonds that hold our communities together have proven to be unwavering and stronger...
Kristen Adamo joined the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2005. She served as vice president of marketing and communications before being named CEO and president in 2019. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

The power of patience

Kristen Adamo | Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO and president Patience is a virtue but it has never been one of mine. I...

Empathy key to problem-solving

Tonya Harris | Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence executive director When I became the executive director of RICADV, I knew my life’s work had...
Marc Perlman is CEO and principal owner of Ocean State Job Lot. The North Kingstown-based company generates over $725 million in annual sales across 140 stores in nine states. Perlman co-founded OSJL with his brother, Alan, and a college friend in 1977. He is also a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, involved in businesses that include restaurants, auto dealerships, soap manufacturing, pet supplies, real estate and more. / COURTESY OCEAN STATE JOB LOT

Trust your team

Marc Perlman | Ocean State Job Lot CEO Every company leader has been challenged with a new responsibility: to protect the health of our associates...
Kristin Urbach has been executive director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce since 2015. The Chamber is one of Rhode Island’s leading business membership and trade organizations and represents more than 400 businesses, including Quonset Business Park. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New ways to live and work

Kristin Urbach | North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce executive director As a result of the new coronavirus, we are learning how to work and live...
Brad Read started his career in sailing as a sailmaker on Aquidneck Island. Twenty-two years ago, at the age of 33, he was brought on to be executive director of Sail Newport, home to New England’s largest public sailing center. / PBN FILE PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Return with ‘open arms’

Bradford S. Read | Sail Newport executive director Understanding the financial, emotional and health toll this pandemic has taken on our communities, we’ve all taken...
Robert I. Burke has owned downtown Providence restaurant Pot au Feu since 1986. A history enthusiast, he created the city’s Independence Trail in 2007. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

‘There’s always a way!’

Robert I. Burke | Pot au Feu owner; Independence Trail creator We donned masks, gloves, shoes and hair bonnets, safety glasses and a full-length moon...

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