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Jenna Zellmer 
Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick Ltd. partner  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Teamwork delivers results

Jenna Zellmer | Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick Ltd. partner When interviewing a potential new employee, one of the questions I always ask is, “What do you...
James Connell was named executive director of Age-Friendly Rhode Island in November 2021. Based at Rhode Island College, Age-Friendly Rhode Island is a coalition of local groups, businesses and individuals committed to healthy aging. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Profit from age-blind hiring

James Connell | Age-Friendly Rhode Island executive director Want a competitive advantage? Recruit and retain a multigenerational workforce! Bring together individuals of all ages and...
Bryant C. Da Cruz in December became president of the 6,500-member Rhode Island Association of Realtors. He’s also a real 
estate agent at Century 21 Guardian Realty 

Passion drives results

Bryant C. Da Cruz Rhode Island Association of Realtors president Century 21 Guardian Realty broker associate It’s pretty clear that the uncertainty of our economy is...
Kelley McShane
The Granny Squibb Co. LLC CEO
Kelley McShane is CEO of Westerly-based The Granny Squibb Co. LLC. She and partner-owner Nick Carr joined the organic iced tea company in 2018 and have added more than 800 accounts since then.

Be pitch perfect

Kelley McShane | The Granny Squibb Co. LLC CEO When selling a product or a service, it’s important to create a strong and fluid sales strategy. Being...
Ellie Brown
DESIGNxRI executive director 
Ellie Brown was named executive director of DESIGNxRI in July. An artist and design educator, she’s worked as a grants manager and also for the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island as director of development and operations.

Diversify by expanding

Ellie Brown | DESIGNxRI executive director I want to explore where we are headed as an organization and why. This is going to start with an invitation:...
Rhode Island native Harold M. Horvat joined West Warwick-based Centreville Bank in 2014, becoming chairman, CEO and president in 2019.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Building community

Harold M. Horvat | Centreville Bank chairman, CEO and president Almost 195 years after our founding, Centreville Bank continues to feel a personal responsibility to serve...
Katie Liberman took over as executive director of Trinity Repertory Company in September. She previously served as managing director of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in New York beginning in 2015.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Come back with your best

Katie Liberman | Trinity Repertory Company executive director What does it mean to “be back”? I arrived as executive director at Trinity Repertory Company on Sept. 1, just...
Michael L. Pearis became CEO of Providence-based The Groden Network in 2021, after serving as chief operating officer. He has extensive nonprofit and corporate experience, including with the former Fleet Bank, and served as Providence’s finance director from 2012 to 2013. One of the network’s enterprises is the full-service Groden Greenhouse. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Nonprofits are businesses too

Michael L. Pearis | The Groden Network CEO All nonprofits endure the misperception that we are not “real businesses.” With over 400 employees, 26 locations and $30...
Brittany Riley opened The Haven Collection Inc. in 2019. The Middletown-based company has two family care 
centers in the town and one in New Jersey. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Culture sustains success

Brittany Riley | The Haven Collection Inc. founder and CEO If there is one thing we can take away from the past three years of growing...
Gian Gentile CEO
Gian Gentile was named CEO of last November. He joined the North Providence-based company in 2013 and served as operations manager and chief operating officer before taking over the top job.

Lead with empathy

Gian Gentile | CEO I have gained much leadership, operational and team-building knowledge by remaining open-minded and having the consistent will to learn. As COVID-19 changed many...
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