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Direct selling may never totally shed the image of Tupperware and restless housewives that make it seem stuck in the 1960s. But the loosely affiliated networks of independent salespeople pitching to friends and acquaintances make up a formidable industry. Timothy J. Brown, president of Jamie Oliver at Home North America, is a longtime champion of direct selling and believes its heyday is now. After leaving Taunton direct-sales firm Princess House in 2006, Brown was looking for his next project when he fell under the spell of British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, whose commercial empire has only begun to reach across the Atlantic. more
Jay Sidhu led Customers Bank to the top spot in Bank Director magazine’s 2014 Growth Leaders Ranking, announced April 29. It is the second year in a row Customers Bank earned the top rating, which is for core performance, the most comprehensive of four categories in the rankings, which also included core deposits, net loans and leases and noninterest income. more
In March, Douglas Sherman, the senior vice president and provost at the New England Institute of Technology, saw his work to introduce an online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program bear fruit when the program was accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. more
Forty-six years is a long time to complete a real estate development. But the transformation of the former Brown and Sharpe mill complex in Providence into the mixed-use Foundry wasn’t a run-of-the-mill construction project. Antonio Guerra purchased the property in 1968, when it had become run-down, commercially obsolete and the city around it was being emptied by the suburbs. Last month, Foundry Associates marked the start of work on the final phase of the complex’s redevelopment, construction of 196 new units to be added to the Promenade Apartments, with a celebration that also remembered Guerra, who died roughly a month earlier. more
Tim Gray, a University of Rhode Island graduate, has written, produced and directed 12 documentary films to date. His company, Tim Gray Media, is a consultant and contractor for the World War II Foundation, for which he is chairman. Gray collaborates in this work with video-journalist Jim Karpeichik, who owns Ocean State Video. more
David Moscarelli, Rhode Island’s 2015 Teacher of the Year, is known as a “technology guru” by his peers. more
Traveling in her father’s native Tanzania brought home the enormity of the crisis caused by world hunger for Edesia Inc. Executive Director Navyn Salem. It was enough to convince the Barrington resident, whose professional experience was in advertising, to embark on a new career making peanut-based nutritional pastes for children. more
Startups are a spark on Rhode Island’s business landscape, and angel capital is critical in getting these often innovative ventures launched. more
Roy Nascimento has served Massachusetts’ South Coast business community for more than eight years as president and CEO of the Greater New Bedford Chamber of Commerce. more
For the past three years, Mary Lu Bilek has been dean of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School of Law, where she has supported pursuit of accreditation by the American Bar Association and real-world educational programs for new lawyers. Late last year, the law school launched a Commonwealth Fellows program that discounts tuition by $5,000 for qualified students, lowering the rate from $24,178 to under $20,000 a year. more
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