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Q&A: John Sinnott

John Sinnott | Gilbane Building Co. vice president and Rhode Island business unit leader A college intern at Gilbane, John Sinnott took a short detour...

Gilbane has built its wellness program on many pillars

Healthiest Employers of Rhode Island 2019 2,000-4,999 EMPLOYEES #2: Gilbane Building Co. CEO (or equivalent): Michael E. McKelvy, CEO and president Number of employees: 2,740 WELLNESS GOES BEYOND...
MAJORITY MARKET: Brian J. Spero, center, CEO and president of The Beacon Mutual Insurance Co., speaks with Michael Lynch, vice president of legal services, and Amy Vitale, vice president, general counsel and assistant secretary. Spero said his company has 60% of the workers’ compensation market for Rhode Island.
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Legal contractors losing out

Labor laws aren’t supposed to be this flexible. So many companies in the construction industry are misclassifying their workers – paying them less and treating...
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MICHAEL BUSAM, 38

40 Under Forty 2019 winner: MICHAEL BUSAM | 38 OPERATIONS MANAGER, RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS UNIT – GILBANE BUILDING CO. What is the best advice you have ever...

Washington Trust Bancorp elects 4 to board of directors

WESTERLY – Four members of the board of directors of Washington Trust Bancorp Inc. were elected at the company’s recent annual shareholders meetings. The event...

From disengaged to strength leader

The effort to tap into workers’ intrinsic strengths is taking root across Rhode Island, fueled by training and tours offered through Leadership Rhode Island. The...

Corvias to develop $126M in student housing for Purdue University

EAST GREENWICH – Corvias has reached an agreement with Purdue University to build 1,300 beds of student housing. The Big 10 university in West Lafayette,...
CHANGING INDUSTRY: Cheryl Burrell, right, associate director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity in the R.I. Department of Administration, is heading the state’s efforts to further diversify the construction industry. At left are Dorinda Keene, assistant administrator of MBE, or minority business enterprise, and Elvys Ruiz, chief supplier to diversity officer.
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Diversity elusive in construction

White men still dominate construction, though some companies are committed to changing that Born to immigrant families struggling to get by in Providence, Edwin A....

Nicholas Balzano, 28

PROJECT MANAGER – GILBANE BUILDING CO. Where do you see yourself professionally in 20 years? I hope to be leading an office for Gilbane Building...
SAFETY TRACKER: Gilbane Building Co. is piloting a safety device called a ­Spot-R, at work sites outside Rhode Island. It registers data on worker falls and allows management to identify where the injured worker is located. Paul Bechard III, an insurance account associate, demonstrates the device at the company’s Providence headquarters.
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Unions wary of safety technology piloted by Gilbane

Workplace falls can be deadly on construction sites. More commonly, they lead to lost time and productivity when workers are injured. Falls are the most...
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