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Joanne Vincent began working at Providence’s Tortilla Flats Restaurant as a server in 1994. She quickly climbed the ranks to general manager two years later. In 2006, she bought the restaurant. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Be willing to listen

Joanne Vincent | Tortilla Flats Restaurant owner and manager There are always employees who can see potential, have creative ideas, want to better their workplace...
Erik G. Brine was named director of Middletown-based 401 Tech Bridge in December. He’s also a member of the Jamestown Town Council. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Understand your mission

Erik G. Brine | 401 Tech Bridge director After 26 years of national security experience, I’m excited to find myself at the intersection of...
Chris Federico last July became president of the 150-year-old Rhode Island Pharmacists Association for the second time. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Run your own race

Chris Federico | Rhode Island Pharmacists Association president It’s a Friday evening and your family is getting ready to travel across the country for a...
Hilda Vargas founded Providence-based brokerage company Ocean Blue Realty LLC in 2023. She’s also president of Cranston-based HVG Property Management LLC. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Determined to succeed

Hilda Vargas Ocean Blue Realty LLC broker/owner HVG Property Management LLC president Determination is not just a motto for me; it’s the driving force behind...
Carol C. Malysz was named executive director of RI Bio, a Providence-based life sciences trade organization, in 2017. She is retiring in June. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Results speak loudest

Carol C. Malysz | RI Bio executive director Through strategic initiatives and a commitment to listening to our members, we’ve successfully elevated RI Bio from...
Heather Singleton joined the Rhode 
Island Hospitality Association 26 years ago as 
a Johnson & Wales University internship student. She became chief operating officer in 2015 and 
in March was named interim CEO and president. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Personalize your board of directors

Heather Singleton | Rhode Island Hospitality Association interim CEO and president Now is the time to check in on your board of directors and determine...
Tracey Cunningham-Martins was named CEO and president of Cranston-based AccessPoint RI in 2022. She previously served as associate director of employment for the R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Be inclusive for all

Tracey Cunningham-Martins | AccessPoint RI CEO and president Matching individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those with barriers to employment with suitable employers is...
Marianne Raimondo was appointed dean of the Rhode Island College School of Business in 2022. She joined RIC as a health care administration faculty member in 2013. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Boost skills to grow

Marianne Raimondo | Rhode Island College School of Business dean Rhode Island’s labor force has been largely stagnant since 2019, limiting our ability to grow...
Cody Fino was named 
Community College of Rhode Island’s executive director of workforce partnerships 
in November 2022.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Recruit through training

Cody Fino | Community College of Rhode Island ­executive director of workforce ­partnerships With low unemployment rates, employers need to develop innovative strategies to find...
Padraic Keane is the founder and chief of operations at Keane’s Wood Fired Catering, a full-service catering operation that opened in Cranston before moving to Warwick last year. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Relationships build sales

Padraic Keane | Keane’s Wood Fired Catering founder and chief of operations As an entrepreneur in the hospitality industry, it’s easy to spend an enormous...
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