CEOs You Should Know Providence

CEOs You Should Know Providence

CEOs You Should Know is iHeartMedia Providence's showcase of businesses that drive New England's regional economy. Hear from key business leaders who contribute to the vibrant and growing community.

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November 14, 2022 9 min
Carl Taber is Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer for BayCoast Bank, a long-standing community bank, serving customers since 1851. BayCoast upholds the time-honored belief in community involvement and provides a wide range of financial services. They are your friends and neighbors, dedicated to supporting the communities where we live and work. BayCoast offers a wide range of financial solutions to suit your life a...
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Glenn Gonzales is the founder and CEO of Jet It. Glenn has spent the past 24 years as a businessman, leader, aviation industry expert, and military veteran. There’s a reason Jet It has become the most innovative jet share ownership company: the people who are committed to going above and beyond every single day. Meet the team who continue to take our company and our member-owners to the next level. And the level after that.
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Christopher Dagesse is President of DCD Automotive Holding, which includes auto dealerships in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Delaware under the brand names of Nucar and Boch Automotive.
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Katje Afonseca is the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island and the Big Sisters Fund, collectively known as BBBSRI. The two 501(c)3 non-profit organizations have one mission: To create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Katje joined BBBSRI in 2003 as a marketing intern finishing her Bachelor’s Degree at Johnson and Wales University. She later returned to eventually be...
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August 18, 2022 9 min
Scott Avedisian is the CEO of RIPTA, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. RIPTA's mission is "to provide safe, reliable and cost effective transit service with a skilled team of professionals responsive to our customers, the environment, and committed to transit excellence." Scott Avedisian became CEO in 2018, after leading the city of Warwick, RI as Mayor for eighteen years. His tenure in Warwick was highlig...
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July 12, 2022 14 min
Neeraj Gunsagar is the CEO and President of byte, a direct-to-consumer aligner company that is revolutionizing the orthodontic industry. Byte was recently acquired by Dentsply Sirona for $1.04 billion to expand its DTC Aligner business to dentists across the world.
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June 12, 2022 9 min
As a 4th generation family member in the family-owned and operated Kayem Foods, Matt Monkiewicz, has done just about every job in the sales, marketing and distribution end of the business. Starting at age 14, his roles ranged from maintaining the grounds, shipping and truck driving. After completing his MBA at Babson, Matt sought experience outside the family business, working at internet startups and Fidelity Capital before rejo...
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Rosanna Ortiz is CEO of RMO Public Relations and the founder of Style Week Northeast, both based in Providence, RI. RMO Public Relations specializes in project relations for the construction, beauty and fashion industry as well as events and acquiring earned media the right way.
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April 13, 2022 8 min
Jason Macari is CEO of Baby Delight, a Rhode Island company based in Cumberland. Baby Delight focuses on bringing parents and babies closer as they experience all of the bumps in the road along the way. Their products help keep babies safe and comfortable and are available at major retailers and on Amazon.com
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March 16, 2022 1 min
Michael D. Smith is CEO of AmeriCorps, the federal agency for service and volunteerism formerly known as the Corporation for National and Community Service. Smith has dedicated his career to social justice and public service in underserved communities like those where he grew up. AmeriCorps serves as a pathway to employment opportunities and helps develop vital work skills.
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Cliff Wood is CEO of the Providence Foundation. For fifty years, the Foundation has helped advance bold, visionary initiatives that shape the present and future of downtown as the dynamic hub of a vibrant and prosperous Providence. Hear about the amazing work the Providence Foundation is doing to steward the future of Downcity in this fascinating episode.
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Michael Andreozzi is the CEO of Beltone New England, a Rhode Island based company which has become the most trusted name in hearing aids. Throughout the years Beltone has won many awards for technology and service. Their hearing aid centers are located in all six New England States.
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December 15, 2021 6 min
Summer Infant is a Rhode Island based company and a leader in infant and toddler care products. Since 1985, Summer Infant has been dedicated to making bath time, meal time, play time and every time in between special for you and your baby.
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Mark Constantine is one of five co-founders of LUSH
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Jack Murphy – President and CEO of BankNewport

BankNewport is a mutual bank with deep roots in the Rhode Island community. It was founded over 200 years ago and continues to have a strong commitment to our local communities. Jack Murphy is President and Chief Executive Officer of BankNewport and OceanPoint Financial Partners, MHC, the Bank’s Mutual Holding Company. He is also Chair of OceanPoint Insurance, the Bank’s fully owned i...
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Kelly McShane- CEO and Managing Partner of Granny Squibb’s Organic Iced Tea
In 2009, Kelly McShane and her partner, Nick Carr teamed up with Robin Squibb to take Robin’s family brand, Granny Squibb’s Organic Iced Tea to the next level. Robin’ grandmother, Sally Squibb began making the refreshing, natural drink in Sanderstown, RI in the 1930’s. Today, the recipe is still the same…all natural ingredients and an unwavering dedication t...
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Lynn Singleton is leading PPAC into a brand new season in Fall 2021. Beginning in October, PPAC will present the Taco/The White Family Foundation Broadway Series which features six shows, plus a three show Encore Series, three specials and more! The season launch follows a recent restoration of the façade of the beautiful and historic Loew’s Theater building, built in 1928.
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Ned Handy – Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Washington Trust

Edward “Ned” O. Handy leads a team of more than 600 Washington Trust employees dedicated to providing a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage banking, personal banking and wealth management and trust services through offices located throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. He has served as President and Chief...
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Major Roger Duperree – Salvation Army Southern New England Division

Major Duperree has been with the Salvation Army for forty years. He talks about the vital services that the organization provides to Southern New Englanders in need and how the need changed during the pandemic. You can help support their work by donating online at www.salvationarmyri.org
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Beau Tompkins, Senior Executive Director – Rhode Island Blood Center

For over 40 years, Rhode Island Blood Center has been the primary supplier of blood and blood products to patients being cared for in hospitals throughout Rhode Island and in neighboring states. Their mission is to help save lives by ensuring a safe, plentiful and cost-effective blood supply. Beau began working at RIBC in 2008 as the Operations Manager in Hospital...
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