In 2012, Sandra Potter founded Bryant Ventures – originally called Entrepreneurs on Campus – an entrepreneurial component of the global entrepreneurship program at Bryant University. She became director of the global program in February 2013. more
It’s NCAA tournament time – do you know what conference your favorite team plays in? For New England college basketball fans, the last two years of conference realignment have brought dizzying change, including the breakup of former regional stalwart the Big East. While local schools such as Providence College are pursuing their future in a new regional Catholic league, the organization that was the Big East remains headquartered in Providence, even as it rebrands itself as a national conference. more
Joe Tomlinson’s start as an environmental entrepreneur came with organic apparel, first T-shirts, then founding the Revel Seven company and into developing a denim-finishing process that didn’t involve caustic salts. But when the economy faded a few years ago, he decided the future was in renewable energy. So Tomlinson joined forces with old Aquidneck Island contacts at rTerra, the Middletown solar developer in the process of building out solar farms in the Ocean State. more
Charlie Enright, a Bristol resident and a professional sailor, will be racing around the world for the first time in the Volvo Ocean Race, a Grand Prix competition that runs from Oct. 4, 2014 through June 27, 2015, with the only North American stopover in Newport from May 5-17. Enright’s team, Team Alvimedica, will join Team SCA (with fellow American Sally Barkow onboard), Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Dongfeng Race Team and Team Brunel in the race, which will be contested over 38,739 nautical miles and nine months. The race starts in October in Alicante, Spain and finishes in Gothenburg, Sweden.more
Known best for its culinary-arts program, Johnson & Wales University offers degrees in the arts and sciences, business, education, nutrition, hospitality and technology. Not typically considered a school for athletes, the university in fact has 22 varsity athletic sports at the Providence campus. Three programs debuted in 2013 –- women’s field hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse – while women’s hockey was added as a club sport this year. This past year, the university also completed construction of the school’s first athletic fields. more
If renewable energy has become a religion for some, Jigar Shah has been preaching its gospel from the very beginning. His fascination with solar power started in grade school. After college the Illinois native worked at a host of solar companies through the 1990s, when the business prospects for green energy were tenuous. more
Arnold Bromberg knew from an early age he would enter into the family business. His grandfather, Benjamin Bromberg, founded the first Benny’s in 1924 and it has since become one of Rhode Island’s most well-known, privately owned retail businesses. The stores today offer a variety of merchandise, from tires to clothes and toys. more
FM Global named Randy Schreitmueller to the position of manager of broker relations with responsibility for “championing the voice of the broker” and maximizing the development of long-term broker relationships worldwide. That gives him the opportunity to continue to build on the foundation of FM Global’s engineering-driven underwriting and risk-management services and property-loss- prevention research. more
As a young man, Davide Dukcevich wasn’t interested in making cured and processed pork products as his father and grandfather had and followed his own path into business journalism. But after years profiling companies, Dukcevich decided he could have a greater impact helping run one himself. more
Join PBN for the best networking event and party of the winter - January 15, 2015 - the Book of Lists Party at the Providence Public Library. Reserve your spot by December 31st and get a holiday gift from PBN!
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.