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Before taking the reins of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council in 2008, John C. Simmons was the chief of administration for Providence, a job preceeded by a career in public service. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Embrace workforce mobility

It may appear counterintuitive for employers to invest in employees that may not remain at an organization long term. In today's economy, however, employees...
Katje Afonseca is the youngest executive director in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State's 50-year history, which has been marked with creating supportive mentoring relationships with hundreds of Rhode Island children each year. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Finding path through tragedy

When I was 12 years old, my 16-year-old sister died in a car accident. Losing my sister was unequivocally devastating. The tragedy's full impact...
Pranzi Catering and Events founder Lisa Mattiello has grown her business from a small Seekonk storefront into a full-service catering, event planning and rental company by focusing on quality ingredients and never saying no to customers. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Set high standards and deliver

When I started my business in 1997, I knew I had to follow simple business mottos: Buy good, quality ingredients, make a desirable product,...
Since founding MojoTech in 2008, after working as an engineer at two venture-backed startups, Nick Kishfy has built a software firm that continues on an upward path, adding clients and staff. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Find comfort in discomfort

There's a Haitian proverb that the author Tracy Kidder made famous: "Beyond mountains there are mountains." It's a metaphor meant to say that when...
David Giardino started Turino Group 20 years ago because he believed transforming data into valuable, timely information was key to enabling successful project delivery. That realization is never more important than today. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Your data. Your advantage.

The amount of data any given organization captures in a single day is overwhelming. Companies are now inundated with data in volumes and types...
James Nyberg is the director of LeadingAge Rhode Island, a member organization that represents nonprofit nursing homes, assisted-living residences, senior housing and adult day centers in the Ocean State. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Know their business to do yours right

After beginning my career at the International Longevity Center, an aging research, education and advocacy think tank in New York, I knew that I...
Randall S. Barko took the reins of Ximedica in April 2012. Previously, the president and CEO spent the majority of his career in the manufacturing sector building global teams with emphasis in the health care marketplace. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

There’s no ‘I’ in team

At Ximedica we are all about teams – Program Teams. They are only as strong as their weakest members. At Ximedica our development process...
Cheryl M. Zimmerman was a founding director and adviser to FarSounder from its inception. A year into the company's growth she came on full time to get the technology commercialized and into the global market. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Work locally, succeed globally

Anyone who knows us has heard my mantra of "stay focused on our company goals." From the beginning, our goal has been to see...
Elizabeth Francis has been executive director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities for three and a half years, where she is building on the council's grant program through strategic partnerships. / PBN PHOTO/RUPEERT WHITELEY

Collaborate early, often for best results

On April 20, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities awarded more than $124,000 in grants to support 14 projects that, while diverse, all...
A Texas Instruments veteran, Martha Sullivan became chief operating officer of Sensata Technologies Inc. when it was spun off from T.I. in 2006. She became president of Sensata in 2010 and CEO in 2013. / COURTESY SENSATA/AL WEEMS PHOTOGRAPHER

Missions that matter

I couldn't be more proud of all that we have accomplished at Sensata as we celebrate our centennial in 2016. We owe our success...
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