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STAYING SHARP: Lori Duquette, owner of Duquette Family Eye Care Inc., says her upbringing in a large family taught her skills that have helped her run her own ­business. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Her focus on eye care was helped by upbringing

The word “family” in Duquette Family Eye Care Inc. of North Smithfield means much more than just a business willing to serve families in...
HANDS ON: Stephanie Robat, owner of FR Engineering Group Inc., prepares to examine a core sample brought up by a drill rig on a work site in ­Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Owning engineering firm part of her grand design

As far back as she can remember, Stephanie Robat wanted to be an engineer. Her father, Robert Fairbanks, owns Fairbanks Engineering Corp. in Exeter. She...
CREATIVE THINKING: Lisa Mattiello, CEO of catering and events-planning business Pranzi Inc. in Providence, has had to think outside the box to develop alternative sources of revenue amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

She’s cooking up ways to overcome adversity

Lisa Mattiello has always loved food, beverages and occasions for people to gather. Growing up in Warwick in a family with five children – she...
ALL-IN: Christine Soave Crum, left, owner of Gentry Moving and Storage in Cranston, accepts a delivery of office furniture from Don Erickson of Aspen Transport Service. Crum worked full time as a teacher when she founded the moving company with a partner in 2005 but now focuses all of her attention on Gentry. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Her energy, adaptability are packed, ready to go

Considering Christine Soave Crum’s high-energy approach to work and life, it’s fitting that she owns a moving company. After all, she’s accustomed to putting things...
LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER: Kaitlyn Szczupak had planned to take over her father’s business someday, but when Scott Szczupak died suddenly in 2016, Kaitlyn stepped in much sooner than expected. She was recently named Rhode Island Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

She was forced to take over father’s business long before her...

Even as a kid, Kaitlyn Szczupak loved cars and learning about what made them go. She was 20 when she and her father, Scott,...
STOCKED UP: Susan Mocarski, owner and principal designer of Cleverhood LLC, checks the inventory in the company’s Providence retail store. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Mocarski built apparel company to weather everything

A theme emerges when you speak with Susan Mocarski, owner and principal designer of rain apparel company Cleverhood LLC. The very ideals she has...
EMPOWERED: Sheryl Guglielmo, senior project manager for Diprete Engineering Associates Inc., joined the civil engineering firm as an architect but has worked her way up to become a senior project manager. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Guglielmo’s career path hasn’t exactly gone by design

Careers don’t always follow a predictable path, and that’s OK. Sheryl Guglielmo of DiPrete Engineering Associates Inc. may argue that it often works out...
PURPOSE FINDER: Carole Ann Penney, owner of Penney Leadership LLC, says most of her coaching clients are seeing meaning in their work and the career path they’re on. 

Penney poised to help when leaders feel lost

Part of Carole Ann Penney’s role as a business leadership coach is being a myth buster. Cultural notions of achieving a successful career by a...
ON LOCATION: Donahue Models & Talent owner Yemi Sekoni directs, from left, Ruby Boesch, Molly McBride and Jazzy Rosa during a recent photo shoot at the Temple to Music in Roger Williams Park in Providence. The photographer is Yan La Mort. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

She’s fashioned career from her passions

Yemi Sekoni, owner and director of Donahue Models & Talent LLC in Cranston, is pulled in many different directions, driven by a love of...

Anne Dickson

PBN 40 UNDER FORTY 2020 AWARD WINNER Anne Dickson, 31 | Chief operating officer, Capital Good Fund How has COVID-19 impacted your work-life balance? Working...

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