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RISE AND SHINE: After decades of practicing law, Brian J. Spero climbed the executive ranks at The Beacon Mutual Insurance Co. and has successfully led the workers’ compensation insurer since 2017. 
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BRIAN J. SPERO

25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner BRIAN J. SPERO | CEO and president, The Beacon Mutual Insurance Co.BRIAN J. SPERO, CEO and president at...
BY DESIGN: Architect Kenneth J. Filarski enjoys working on projects for the betterment of his profession and of Rhode Island. 
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KENNETH FILARSKI

25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner KENNETH J. FILARSKI | Founder and principal, Filarski/Architecture+Planning+ResearchARCHITECT KENNETH J. FILARSKI thinks of himself at this point in...
CHAMBER KEEPER: John C. Gregory has built the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce into a success in the 27 years since he became CEO and president. Now he’s near retirement.
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JOHN C. GREGORY

25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner JOHN C. GREGORY | CEO and president, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of CommerceTHE NORTHERN RHODE ISLAND Chamber of...
ALWAYS EXCELLING: Catherine M. Parente, a partner at Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., has held numerous leadership positions at public accounting firms during her 41-year career. 
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CATHERINE M. PARENTE

25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner CATHERINE M. PARENTE | Partner, Sansiveri, Kimball & Co. LLPHARD WORK HAS long been part of Catherine M....
CONSTANT PRESENCE: David M. Gilden has been a partner at Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP since the firm was established in 1988.
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DAVID M. GILDEN

25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner DAVID M. GILDEN | Founding partner, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLPDAVID M. GILDEN WAS originally expected to go...
A GREENER THUMB: James Wilkinson had an advantage when he launched SeaScape Lawn Care Inc. in 1992: He has a degree in horticulture and a doctorate in agronomy.
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JAMES WILKINSON

25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner JAMES WILKINSON | President, SeaScape Lawn Care Inc.NECESSITY IS INDEED the mother of invention for James Wilkinson, president...
SOUTHERN RHODE ISLAND Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Elizabeth Berman will depart from her role at the end of October. Berman has served as executive director since 2012. / COURTESY SOUTHERN RHODE ISLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Southern R.I. Chamber of Commerce ED Berman to depart at end...

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Elizabeth Berman, executive director of the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, announced in a letter to chamber members on Tuesday...
BONNIE MELLO, left, has been named CEO and president of LifeStream. She succeeds John Lataweic, right, who retired on Aug. 11. / COURTESY LIFESTREAM

Mello appointed CEO and president of LifeStream

NEW BEDFORD – Bonnie Mello has been named CEO and president of LifeStream Inc., the human service provider announced this week. Mello had served...
JOB TRAINING: We Make RI staff, from left: Diana Castellone, marketing specialist; Barbara Jackson, executive director; Katelyn Boudreau, vice president of employer relations; and Samantha Gobin, outreach coordinator, meet at the nonprofit’s Cranston offices.
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Manufacturing a new job

At least half of the men accepted into classes at We Make RI say they want to be machinists, or computer numerically controlled operators.The...
SMART TECH: From left, Todd Griffith, associate professor at the University of Texas at Dallas; Mario Rotea, professor at the University of Texas at Dallas; Neal Fine, CEO of Aquanis; and John Cooney, chief technology officer of Aquanis, at a conference held in Denver on July 8-10. Aquanis develops smart-blade technology for wind turbines.
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Aquanis looks to curb wind-energy costs

From the ground, wind-turbine blade rotation appears nearly effortless, as though the spinning is entirely propelled by air currents.In reality, the movement and the...
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