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Marty Sinnott, with 38 years of experience in government and nonprofit sectors, has led transformational organizational growth in U.S. and international organizations. He holds two degrees from the University of Chicago and lives in Newport. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Focus on ends, not means

Changing the world through an enterprise is in the purview of all of us, not just Steve Jobs or Mother Teresa. And it doesn't...
John Hirschler founded Sightsailing of Newport in 1990. Other than a small company on Goat Island, Sightsailing was the first company along the waterfront in downtown Newport to offer regularly scheduled sailing cruises to the public. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

As entrepreneur, all details matter

I started Sightsailing a few years after graduating from Boston University and working in sales in Providence. I've always had a passion for sailing,...
Merrill R. Thomas joined PCHC in 1997, and his tenure has seen increasing need for primary medical care in Providence. His mission: making health care accessible for the residents regardless of their ability to pay. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Mission alone is not enough

As we near our 50th anniversary, I reflect on the humble beginnings of Providence Community Health Centers. It was a very turbulent time in...
Melissa Husband has headed up the Community Action Partnership of Providence and its predecessor agency, the Providence Community Action Program, for four years. During that time she had to shut down ProCAP and start CAPP, all while making sure to serve the nonprofits' clients. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Transparency, inclusion lead to renewal

The task of creating CAPP from the ashes of ProCAP was a complicated one. For starters, the federal government imposed a sequester cut and...
Since Mike Melillo founded Dockwa in 2014, the Newport-based startup that helps boaters research, plan and book cruising trips has raised invested capital of about $3.5 million and has more than a dozen employees. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Sell innovation, not product

Stewart Butterfield, founder and CEO of Slack, recently said, "No small innovation ever caused a large shift in how people spend their time and...
Steven J. Horowitz originally joined Saint Elizabeth Community in 1985, and has been CEO and president since 1998. In that time, he has overseen significant growth in the social service agency that works to improve quality of life for the elderly. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Important message? Keep repeating it

Simon Sinek, author, speaker and consultant said, "Your vision is only actionable if you say it out loud. If you keep it to yourself...
John J. Bowen's tireless work on behalf of Johnson & Wales University over more than four decades has continually pushed the school to new heights. His impact was again evident last month when the university named its new center for science and innovation after him. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Honor roots, but look forward

I am fortunate to have spent 42 years (and counting) of my career at Johnson & Wales University. This longevity would not be possible...
Erin Gilliatt has been executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of East Providence for a dozen years, taking on that role four years after arriving at the nonprofit as director of development. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Cede control for best results

At the Boys & Girls Club of East Providence, I am both blessed and cursed by the power of history. Our organization has been...
After graduating from Brown University, Brian J. Murphy worked in finance in New York before earning his MBA. Since his return, he has taken an increasing role in the community, including being a co-founder of the Hatch Entrepreneurial Center in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Create a culture for success

To be a successful business leader, one must understand the perpetually changing needs of an organization. Specifically, you must be able to quickly shift...
Dennis Littky came to Rhode Island in 1995 to work at Brown University. He is co-founder and co-director of the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center, co-founder of Big Picture Learning and most recently founder and president of College Unbound. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

When hard work is worth it

I came here to change education in Rhode Island and in the United States. The Met school/Big Picture School has become the model for...
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