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Leslie Taito
Hope Global CEO
Leslie Taito has worn many executive hats in Rhode Island: chief of staff at Hope Global; director of regulatory reform at the R.I. Office of Management and Budget; and CEO of R.I. Manufacturing Extension Services, among others. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Allowing failure can lead to innovation

Leslie Taito | Hope Global CEO Recently, a bright, young employee came to me with an idea to improve a long-standing manufacturing process. He described...
LESLIE TAITO has been named CEO of Hope Global. / COURTESY HOPE GLOBAL

Hope Global names Taito CEO, De Santiago president

CUMBERLAND – Leslie Taito has been named CEO of Hope Global, succeeding Cheryl Merchant, who was recently named president of the Taco Family of...
CHERYL MERCHANT has been appointed president of the Taco Family of Companies, North America. Merchant had served as president and CEO of Hope Global for 19 years. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Taco appoints Cheryl Merchant president after 19 years with Hope Global

CRANSTON – The Taco Family of Companies, parent of Taco Comfort Solutions, has named Cheryl Merchant president of the Taco Family of Companies, North...
A BRIGHT START: Michael Stuba is training for a job as a pipe fitter for General Dynamics Electric Boat at a Westerly Education Center program put on by the Community College of Rhode Island. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

R.I. manufacturers learn to manage a ‘good’ problem – training more...

In the last few years, manufacturing in Rhode Island is on a growth spurt of sales, productivity and plant modernization, and that’s led to...
CHERYL MERCHANT, president and CEO of Hope Global, received the John Hazen White, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award at the 33rd annual World Trade Day presented by the John H. Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant University. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Merchant receives lifetime achievement award at World Trade Day 2018

PROVIDENCE – Cheryl Merchant, president and CEO of Hope Global, was awarded the John Hazen White, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award Wednesday at the 33rd...
TOP VIEW: John Ballone, owner of The Hotel Maria, on the highest level of the structure under construction alongside Misquamicut Beach in Westerly designed to avoid the effects of ocean flooding by being elevated well above sea level. The Atlantic Ocean can be seen in the background. / PBN PHOTO/
BRIAN MCDONALD

Some Rhode Islanders have learned from past storms, but most simply...

(Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a three-part series exploring Rhode Island’s vulnerability to coastal flooding and what businesses, property owners and...
WHEN WILL IT HAPPEN NEXT? The March 2010 floods showed that the effects of storms are felt not just on Rhode Island’s coastline, as the Pawtuxet River spilled well over its banks, inundating many homes and businesses, and disrupting lives. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Climate mitigation pays off, but it has to be put in...

This week’s conclusion of a three-part series by PBN staff writer Eli Sherman on Rhode Island’s vulnerability to flooding and storm damage is sobering.The...
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