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.


November 13, 2023 20 mins
Cortney M. Nicolato is a mission-driven executive leader and systems change-agent with two decades of experience in nonprofit management and entrepreneurship. Cortney is president and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island, a statewide nonprofit with more than 80 employees and an operating budget of $28M. United Way proved during COVID-19 to be the only organization in the state that effectively harnessed resources from government, corp...
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Jacob Zuppke is the President & CEO of Whisker, a leading innovator in connected pet care that's most notably known for Litter-Robot. Jacob's passion for creative engineering solutions and innovative marketing campaigns has transformed a connected pet care company into one of the best-selling and highest-rated brands on the international market.

Since 2015 when Zuppke joined the team, Whisker has grown from 30 employees to over ...
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September 11, 2023 17 mins
Jason Johnson is a globally recognized subject matter expert in the International K-9 Community. As the Founder and CEO of Project K-9 Hero, Jason has dedicated his career to making sure retired Police K-9s and Military Working Dogs receive the medical care, rehabilitation, or rehoming that they deserve once their service to our country is complete. He is a former Field Canine Coordinator for the National Explosives Detection Canin...
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August 14, 2023 18 mins
Carlos Ventura is CEO of Feast and Fettle, a local, fully-prepared meal delivery service. F&F operates out of their local commercial kitchen, servicing Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire. Providing "Home-Cooked Meals, Without the Cooking," Feast and Fettle helps you unwind, relax and enjoy the dinnertime you deserve with high-quality meals prepared locally and hand-delivered to your home.

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July 14, 2023 18 mins
Aimee Brewer is the president and chief executive officer of Sturdy Health, an integrated, independent non-profit health system.

Sturdy Health is comprised of Sturdy Memorial Hospital, a 142-bed acute care hospital, along with 26 primary and specialty care medical offices and an Urgent Care Center dedicated to providing a broad range of healthcare services to the residents of communities in Southeastern Massachusetts and neighboring...
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June 12, 2023 21 mins
Ben Garthwaite serves as CEO of Fors Marsh and guides the company’s business growth and diversification. He cultivates a purpose-driven culture focused on using business as a force for good, with the belief that businesses must share responsibility for strengthening the systems in which we operate. He is committed to evolving company policies and practices so that each of Fors Marsh’s key stakeholder groups—community, client, emplo...
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Michael Childers, President and CEO
Mike Childers serves as President and CEO for The Shaw Group. Prior to his role with Shaw, Mike served in several executive level roles throughout the energy industry, including President of Bernhard Energy, President and CEO of Synergy Renewables, CEO of TXU/Luminant Development and SVP, Business Development and Marketing at Saulsbury Industries. Mike also served as EVP at the former Shaw organiz...
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Simon Davies: Executive Director, Teen Cancer America
Now in its tenth year, Simon leads Teen Cancer America, the only national charity in the USA working directly with hospitals to advise, support and fund them in the development of specialized facilities and programs for adolescents and young adults with cancer. The charity is built on the successful model of Teenage Cancer Trust, UK where Simon was Chief Executive Officer for 13...
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March 15, 2023 10 mins
Ed Thomsen is in his 50th year as CEO of Thomsen Foodservice, a family owned Rhode Island business. He began working at Thomsen Foodservice immediately upon his graduation from Brown University. It has been a life-long endeavor to grow the company from its very modest beginnings, to the mid-sized enterprise it is today.

He is a resident of Rumford, Rhode Island, along with his wife Karen. Together they have 6 adult children and 8 ...
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January 18, 2023 40 mins
Fran Horowitz has served as Chief Executive Officer of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. since February 2017. She joined the company in October 2014 as the Hollister Brand President and prior to being named CEO, she held the role of President and Chief Merchandising Officer for all brands of A&F Co. from December 2015 – February 2017.
Prior to Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Ms. Horowitz served as Brand President at Ann Taylor Loft ...
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December 13, 2022 1 min
Dane Chapin graduated from UCLA 1982 with a degree in Economics. Age 25 was the last time anyone other than himself has signed his paycheck. He has had a lifelong love affair with entrepreneurship. Dane has founded and owned numerous businesses in numerous fields. Currently, he is CEO of The Op Games, a company he co-founded with his sisters in 1994. He stepped away from The Op in 2008 to start several other businesses including ...
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Jim Scheetz is the chairman, CEO and president of SmartMouth Oral Health Laboratories, a leading innovator in the fight against bad breath through a patented zinc-ion-activated technology designed to eliminate the root cause of bad breath: sulfur gas.

Scheetz began serving the company as a consultant in 2005, later joining the company’s board of directors in 2018. In his role, Jim leads SmartMouth’s team in their commitment to elimi...
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December 13, 2022 21 mins
Jack Kudale is the Founder & CEO of Cowbell Cyber, the industry’s first
AI-powered cyber insurance provider that aims to make cyber insurance
accessible to all businesses. Cowbell Cyber makes cyber insurance easy and
delivers customized, standalone cyber policies with robust coverages that
deliver financial protection against all flavors of cyber incidents including
data breaches, ransomware attacks, and cybercrime. Our policies are
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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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November 11, 2022 12 mins
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 mins
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 highlighted with pr...
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July 12, 2022 14 mins
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 13, 2022 9 mins
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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