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PBN on WJAR-TV, Dec. 31, 2018

2018 was good, but much to be doneEvery week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s Coffee Break to discuss the...
FUTURE OUTLOOK: Business and nonprofit leaders in Rhode Island meet with Providence Business News Editor Mark S. Murphy to discuss 2018 and where the state is headed. Starting at the head of the table, background, from left, clockwise: Murphy; Providence College Dean of the School of Business Sylvia Maxfield; VIBCO President Karl Wadensten; Washington Trust Bancorp President and Chief Operating Officer Mark K. W. Gim; Crossroads Rhode Island President and CEO Karen A. Santilli; Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer Michele B. Lederberg; and Gilbane Building Co. President and CEO Michael E. McKelvy.
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2018 was a good year, but much work is to come

On Dec. 14, Providence Business News Editor Mark S. Murphy sat down with six leaders of the Rhode Island business and nonprofit community to...
INCLUSIVE DISCUSSION: Shawmut Design and Construction Chief People Officer Marianne Monte, center, leads a discussion on diversity efforts with company employees. From left, clockwise are: Sarah Irving, project manager; Felicia Ingram, project administrator; Joubin Hassanein, director, interproject delivery; Morena Gomes, senior project accountant; Monte; Kirsten Woodbury, assistant project manager; Chris Maury, project executive; and Larry Adigun, assistant project manager. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Shawmut strives toward diversity in opportunities, training, partnerships

ARCHITECTURE / DESIGN / CONSTRUCTION Shawmut Design and ConstructionAs an employee-owned, profit-sharing company, Shawmut Design and Construction offers opportunities for diverse candidates to break...
R.I. CONSTRUCTION employment increased 6 percent year over year to 19,400 jobs. / COURTESY ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF AMERICA

R.I. construction employment rises 6% in Oct.

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island construction employment increased 6 percent year over year in October, or 1,100 workers, to 19,400 construction jobs. The year-over-year growth...
CAREER PATH: Christopher L. Calderon, left, and Edwin A. Montas, project engineers at Gilbane Building Co., benefited from an early introduction to construction. Calderon, who remembers being treated to pizza parties with elementary school classmates at the company’s corporate office as recognition for good grades, said giving young people a chance to look beyond the careers of their parents is important. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

PBN on WJAR-TV, Nov. 5, 2018

White men still dominate construction, though some companies are committed to changing that.Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s...
WORK IS SET to advance on the 6-10 Connector Interchange project starting Nov. 9, resulting in multiple traffic pattern shifts that will last from months to years, with the entire project expected to be complete by the fall of 2023. In a photo taken in the summer of 2015, on one of the bridges of the interchange, just south of Westminster Street, temporary braces put in by the R.I. Department of Transportation 15 years ago were showing signs of deterioration. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

6-10 Connector Interchange work advances on Nov. 9; RIDOT sees delays

PROVIDENCE – Work on the 6-10 Connector Interchange reconstruction will advance starting Friday Nov. 9, which will result in traffic pattern changes, the R.I....
RECOGNIZING ­OPPORTUNITY: ­Gilbane Building Co. Vice President and Rhode Island business unit leader John Sinnott is flanked by Christopher L. Calderon, left, and Edwin A. Montas at the company’s Providence headquarters, where Sinnott oversees much of the local recruitment efforts to better match the company’s workforce with the local community. 
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MARK S. MURPHY

In an industry coming up short on workers, opportunities await

The construction industry (along with many other sectors of the region’s economy) is falling short of filling job openings. Some firms find themselves turning...

Will 2018 be the year Rhode Island voters take a stand...

“Embarrassing,” is how R.I. Department of Education Commissioner Ken Wagner described the state of local public elementary, middle and high schools.“When I visit a...
  Derek Venticinque 
 Age: 35
Company: TRAC Builders Inc.
Job title: Project manager
Education: B.A. in history, University of Rhode Island / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Career builder

Derek Venticinque | Age: 35 | Company: TRAC Builders Inc. | Job title: Project manager | Education: B.A. in history, University of Rhode IslandDerek Venticinque...
DRYVIT SYSTEMS PRESIDENT AND CEO Mike Murphy said that the demand for the company's NewBrick product led to the company to open a new manufacturing facility in North Kingstown. The company expects to more than double its manufacturing workforce over the next decade. / / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Dryvit Systems to open new manufacturing plant, plans workforce expansion

WEST WARWICK – Dryvit Systems Inc. will open a 120,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the former Brown & Sharpe plant in North Kingstown, the company...
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