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NEW OWNER: Kayla Thompson is the owner of Melissa Ashley Brides in Westerly. Thompson bought her wedding dress at the bridal shop seven years ago and befriended the former owner, Denise Pellegrino, who later hired Thompson. The pair came to a “personal finance agreement” that transitioned ownership to Thompson when Pellegrino was ready to sell.
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Financing biggest hurdle to employees becoming boss

When Kayla Thompson walked into Melissa Ashley Brides in Westerly in search of a wedding dress about seven years ago, she had no idea...
JOHN R. CIULLA is the first CEO of Webster Bank who is not a member of the Smith family. / COURTESY WEBSTER BANK

Five Questions With: John R. Ciulla

When John R. Ciulla became CEO of Webster Bank at the beginning of 2018, he was just the third chief executive in the bank’s...
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