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Joseph R. Perroni started as a group sales representative at Delta Dental of Rhode Island 26 years ago. The Rhode Island native worked his way up to chief sales officer and, finally, CEO and president, when Joseph A. Nagle retired in July. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Make R.I. ‘a better place’

Joseph R. Perroni, Delta Dental of Rhode Island CEO and president Here are a few guiding principles I’ve followed that I think are important for anyone to...
In 1983, Lynn Singleton was named president of the Providence Performing Arts Center and successfully reversed the then-struggling theater’s financial fortunes. Attendance at PPAC has increased from 57,000 that first year to nearly 500,000 this year. During his tenure, he and PPAC have received widespread recognition, including several Tony Awards for production. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘You win with good people’

J.L. “Lynn” Singleton | Providence Performing Arts Center CEO and presidentHere are some thoughts I have consistently found to be true over my decades...
Cortney Nicolato returned to her native Rhode Island last fall to lead United Way. Cultivating strategic partnerships is a theme of her career and a guiding force today as she leads work that changes lives and strengthens the community – work that calls for putting individual agendas aside to solve large-scale problems. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

United, Rhode Island wins

Cortney Nicolato | United Way of Rhode Island CEO and presidentWhat I love most about our state and the people in it: Rhode Islanders...
Mark S. Murphy became editor of PBN 
in 2005 after being a photojournalist, 
editor and writer for newspapers and 
magazines, with a midcareer business 
fellowship thrown in. In October he 
becomes director of the John H. Chafee 
Center for International Business at 

To build a strong team, first listen, learn and teach

Mark S. Murphy | Providence Business News editorIn my nearly four decades as a journalist, I have experienced success and failure, thankfully not in...
Jay Allbaugh has been with Cox since 2000 and came to head the Northeast team in November 2014. Previously Allbaugh had worked in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma for the telecommunications and information-technology services company. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Using technology to bring us closer

Jay Allbaugh | Cox Communications senior vice president and region manager, NortheastI have seen many changes to our company and industry during the past...
As blumshapiro’s industry leader for its construction and real estate group, Luke Ebersold has significant responsibilities. But his move to Rhode Island has given him personal satisfaction, as well as exposure 
to the state’s workforce-
development programs.  / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Responsive government helps develop workforce in way industry needs

Luke Ebersold | Blum, Shapiro & Co. PC Rhode Island managing partnerEven though I’ve spent the last several years living and working in Connecticut,...
As an international banker, Jeffrey Diehl faced complex problems, including helping HSBC Bank return to the good graces of the U.S. government after a scandal. His move to Rhode Island came from a desire to do good for smaller communities. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Customer needs should help define your structure, programs

Jeffrey Diehl | Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank CEO and executive directorWhether your organization operates in the private or public sectors, focus on customers is...
When Jennifer Brinton decided to turn a family avocation into a vocation, she knew she needed more than the family atmosphere she and her husband brought to work. Once she acted on that realization, all the pieces fell into place. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you begin

Jennifer Brinton | Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island ownerWhen you start from scratch like we did with Grey Sail in 2011, it’s really...
For more than four decades Kenneth J. Filarski has taken an original path, from founding his firm in 1976 to helping establish the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University and serving as chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council Rhode Island.  / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Building a healthy human ecology takes a holistic approach

Kenneth J. Filarski | Filarski/Architecture+Planning+Research founder and principalI design things, places and ideas, and my first design premise is that we operate in, and...
Jim Wilkinson has been in the lawn fertilization business for almost 50 years, but it wasn’t always easy to make ends meet, especially when he started out as a teacher of golf course management at the college level. After working in the corporate world, he decided to create SeaScape nearly 25 years ago. It now has more than 10,000 customers in southern New England. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Investing in people yields the biggest returns

Jim Wilkinson | SeaScape Inc. founder and presidentBelieve it or not, lawn technicians aren’t usually known as the biggest power players in the room....
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