Wednesday, May 5, 2021


One Last Thing

Under David Beauchesne’s leadership, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School is seeing 
audience and enrollment growth, as well as deeper reach into the community. He earned bachelor of music and master of music in music education 
degrees from the Eastman School. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Knowing your community drives programs that speak to it

David Beauchesne | Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School executive director I grew up in a paper-mill town of about 15,000 in British Columbia....
David M. Bodah has raised millions of dollars over the years for worthwhile charities across the state. He holds an MBA, is a certified fundraising executive and is a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Rhode Island. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Giving is good for business but better for people

David M. Bodah | American Heart Association Southern New England executive director Over the course of my career, I have witnessed a professionalization of the...

Managing in an ecosystem of stress

Todd Knapp | Envision Technology Advisors LLC CEO Since humans took their first steps, life has been complicated, but never more than today. In the...
As a 22-year-old Brown University undergraduate, Dan Aziz had an idea for a maternity wellness company. His idea won the student track for the 2011 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition. And in the last two years Premama has raised more than $4.5 million in Series A and B financing. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Think of your company as your baby and plan accordingly

Dan Aziz | Premama founder and president Starting a company is a lot like having a child … I think. There is a lot of...

Success comes from using latest technology to solve old problem

Ilya Reikhrud | Gulpfish Inc., founder and CEO With life’s many chapters, business has its own story. The success of ­Gulpfish is the direct result...

Through Mobile Beacon, Katherine Messier and the nonprofit’s staff have provided mobile internet access to hundreds of nonprofits and to tens of thousands of underserved individuals, a mission that has turned out to be much more far-reaching than she imagined in 2010 when it was founded. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A tightly focused mission can produce much broader effects

Katherine Messier | Mobile Beacon founder and executive ­director Seven years ago, I founded Mobile Beacon to help nonprofit organizations maximize their impact with the...
A religious Sister of Mercy, Sister Jane Gerety is now in her ninth year as the head of Salve Regina University, having served as a member of Salve’s board of trustees since 1995, as well as in a number of academic and health care industry positions. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Integrating a mission of mercy to educate beyond skills

Sister Jane Gerety | Salve Regina University president I have the best job in the world. As an academic schooled in the liberal arts, a...
Site Specific is a general contractor and construction-management firm with offices in Providence and Boston. We seek out clients and designers who share our passion, resulting in a client-focused approach that yields efficiencies in integrated design and construction. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A cultural foundation helps Site Specific build well

Matt Dempsey and Peter Crump | Site Specific LLC partners/co-owners What drives Site Specific today is what prompted our partnership more than 10 years ago:...
GAIA Vaccine Foundation is a Providence-based nonprofit with the mission of infectious-disease prevention in West Africa. GAIA, which stands for Global Alliance to Immunize Against AIDS, has offered HIV care-and-prevention services for other diseases at community health centers in Bamako, Mali. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

With unconventional communication tool, real results

Eliza Squibb | GAIA Vaccine Foundation executive director You might wonder how a textile designer ended up running a health-focused nonprofit. It all started in 2012,...
Matt Cullina has served as CEO of CyberScout since 2008, and has helped the company become a trusted ally to clients combating the effects of cybercrime throughout North America and Europe. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Building trust helps build the business

Matt Cullina | CyberScout CEO In our business, trust is everything. When customers call us, they are shaken. Their identities, privacy or financial assets have...

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