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
Melissa Kimmell didn’t expect to be in the spotlight as the voice of a middle-class family pushed into financial crisis by the challenges of autism, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and job loss. That changed, however, as her family navigated the turbulent financial waters of an endless line of medical bills. She decided to lend her voice to bring attention to the difficult choices that sometimes have to be made in times of financial crisis. more
Kimberly S. Washor in June became the first director of the University of Rhode Island’s new Center for Career and Experiential Education. The center combines the missions of two formerly separate offices: Experiential Learning and Community Engagement, along with Career Services and Employer Relations. The change is more than superficial, says Washor, who discusses how it will enhance experiential learning as it informs students’ eventual job searches. more
Rep. Karen MacBeth is in a high-visibility position chairing the House Committee on Oversight and charged with overseeing an inquiry into the failed 38 Studios video game company and the state’s $75 million loan guarantee to the business. more
Neil M. Stamps, the new CEO of the Girl Scouts of Rhode Island Inc., has taken the job at a time of declining enrollment nationally, with girls not identifying with the leadership role historically associated with the organization. more
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
Greg Woods has been the heir apparent at West Warwick electronics manufacturer Astro-Med since being hired as chief operating officer in the fall of 2012, as part of the company’s strategic growth plan. Around the same time the Rochester, N.Y. native officially took over as CEO at the end of January, Astro-Med announced the $6.7 million acquisition of competitor Miltope Corp.’s line of aviation printers. It was the first of what Woods hopes will be a series of expansion initiatives and will bring manufacturing now done in Alabama to the Ocean State. The average consumer will likely never come in direct contact with Astro-Med’s specialized printers and data-acquisition devices, but Woods says they have a bright future. more
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