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Thursday, October 18, 2018

One Last Thing

Robert Armstrong succeeded his father, Bud Armstrong, as the third-generation leader of the company in 1988. He came in with a fresh vision and took chances. He says that daring and employees who believed in his vision are what catapulted the business into what it is today. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Value creates loyalty

It's been more than 30 years since my father decided to retire. At the time, we were seriously considering closing our doors. But when...
Robert M. Bolton has been with the Arden family of companies for more than three decades, overseeing mechanical contracting, engineering and business development, and in the last few years, responsible for its growth to a more than $100 million company. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Diversify and prosper

Arden Engineering started simply enough, performing only HVAC and piping installations out of our Pawtucket home. It made sense to then offer plumbing, which...
A difficult experience as a child with her mother's death resulted in Joan Kwiatkowski gravitating toward the human services sector. She has learned throughout her career that listening is the start of delivering to those in need. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Valuing clients’ voices

I was raised in a hardworking family that valued helping others. My early years were instrumental in shaping my purpose and work ethic. I...
THE REV. BRIAN J. SHANLEY, O.P., has been president of Providence College since 2005. A PC alumnus, Shanley was ordained a member of the Dominican Order of Preachers in 1987. He says PC students are taught to strive for balance in their career pursuits. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

‘Well-rounded’ still pays off

What makes a business education at Providence College unique is its grounding in the liberal arts. Our business students get a rigorous education in...
Gary E. Furtado has been with Navigant Credit Union since 1978 and president and CEO since 1987. In 2007 he led the company through a name change, from Credit Union Central Falls to its current moniker. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Know what drives value

In the past 37 years, I've had the privilege to be a part of the growth and success of Navigant Credit Union. One hundred...
R. Russell Morin Jr. is the third generation to run his family's business and has trained with the best, including at the Culinary Institute of America. But for him, the key to success is making a personal connection with each client. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

An intimate business approach yields growth

Surviving 104 years in catering, or any industry, is no simple feat. Our success stems from the values my grandfather passed on to my...
Ann-Marie HARRINGTON founded Embolden in 1998 and has created a Web-development and online-communications firm with a specialty in the nonprofit sector. Embolden was acquired by Crown Philanthropic Solutions in October 2014. / COURTESY EMBOLDEN

Sticky-tab it

Over the past 17 years, we've had the opportunity to consult with hundreds of foundations, nonprofits and professional-services firms.At the beginning of most engagements...
Jeshua Zapata is a Bryant University graduate who was named Rhode Island's 2013 SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year thanks to the success of Xzito, which he co-founded in 2004 with Juan and Jairo Gomez. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Alignment = success

In the past 10 years, it's been fascinating to observe the lack of "Internal Service Agreements" between marketing and sales. There seems to be...
President and CEO Gregory A. Woods joined AstroNova three years ago, ascending to the top job 20 months ago. Since then he has led the company through a major restructuring and now a name change. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

What’s in a name?

After 44 years of doing business as Astro-Med, on September 25 we changed our name to AstroNova. Why change our name after so many...
The Rhode Island Hospitality Association works to help the sector grow and prosper. But President and CEO Dale J. Venturini knows that for the industry to do well, each individual working in it must succeed as well. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Success comes one rung at a time

A small percentage of the 65,000 workers who make a career in the state's hospitality industry arrive prepared to perform a specific job. Like...
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