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Thomas A. Lawson took over from Chairman and CEO Shivan S. Subramaniam at the beginning of 2015. Here Lawson sets out to break the myth that the only way to succeed in business is to change jobs every few years. / PBN PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

People are best investment

Recently, a newly hired 23-year-old employee said to me, "in college we're taught if you don't get promoted within two years of taking a...
Lester Schindel has a keen sense of what is to come in Rhode Island health care delivery. Here he shares four key ways our state's health care paradigm will need to change to address population health management. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A changing landscape

I'm fortunate to lead a health system that is a joint venture of two respected Rhode Island hospitals – Roger Williams Medical Center and...
Peter Hayes and Karl Sherry were working for a Boston-based commercial brokerage when they decided to found their own company in Providence. And despite at least two boom-and-bust cycles, they have found success by following these ideas: / PBN PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVEREZ EWANS

Add value for clients

Soon after Hayes & Sherry was formed in 1990, the New England banking crisis hit. In 1991 came the closing of 45 banks and...
Alex and Ani LLC's Carolyn Rafaelian's approach to business and life has yielded dramatic results. Revenue in 2008 was $1.1 million; last year it was more than $200 million. This is how she got there. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Stay true to ?your core

We all have one shot at living life the way we see it, and we really can create the path we want by being...
Cheryl W. Snead is the founder, CEO and president of Banneker Industries Inc., a North Smithfield-based, integrated logistics and supply-chain management company, and co-founder of the Supply Chain Management Summit at Bryant University. / COURTESY BANNEKER INDUSTRIES

Think and act F.A.S.T.

To succeed in business today you have to be FAST … not only in terms of speed of thought and execution, but in terms...
After nearly 20 years with Toray, Michael Brandmeier took the reins at its North Kingstown facility last summer. Its leading position in the market is the result of technological innovation, but as Brandmeier notes, a healthy dose of optimism helped. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Attitude is everything

It's my belief that to succeed in life you need to have a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and optimism.Optimism, however, is...
Ronald K. Machtley has led Bryant University through unprecedented growth in his nearly 20 years as president. Providence Business News honored him for Business Leadership in the 2008 Business Excellence Awards, recognizing his embrace of innovation as a key to an enterprise's health. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Embed innovation for success

Innovation is a powerful economic engine. It is a change of product, service or process which allows an organization to meet the challenges of...

Learning breeds success

We are fortunate to have world-class businesses here in Rhode Island, and their quality gives us tremendous opportunities to learn.Study your competitors and understand...
Residential Properties Ltd. co-founder, President and CEO Sally E Lapides is a pioneer in her industry, in no small measure because her company evolves with the times, a theme Lapides expands on below. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Adapt for success

When Liz Chace and I opened Residential Properties Ltd. in November 1981, everyone thought we were crazy. Interest rates were 17 percent and real...
As CEO of the Providence-based energy-optimization software company Utilidata, and with more than 20 years experience in the energy and technology industries, Scott DePasquale shares some advice for startups looking to get to that next level. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Locate for place, people and partners

We brought Utilidata to Rhode Island because it offered the right space, talent and partners. Here's how we approached a few key decisions.»...
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