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.


May 22, 2024 20 mins
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Kristin Lessard discusses 529 Plan and more with Rachel Palumbo, Development Manager of Providence Promise.
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John Woods, Ph.D., is the chief academic officer and provost for University of Phoenix and
responsible for further developing and fulfilling the University’s academic mission. He is
charged with amplifying the University's high-quality, rigorous and career-relevant academic
programs, while spurring innovation to help working adults move efficiently from education to
careers. He leads a team of academic leaders and more than 3,000 p...
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March 1, 2024 17 mins
Denise Woodard is the Founder and CEO of Partake Foods, the allergy-friendly company that was inspired by her daughter’s experience with food allergies. Key moments this year include that Partake Foods announced it became a Certified B Corporation, and launched a collab with Ben & Jerry’s! Created in 2016, Denise started the business by self-distributing (selling cookies out of her car around NYC) and self-funding (depleting he...
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Brendalee O'Hara is the CEO and Founder of O'Hara Senior Care Services.

"At O’Hara Senior Care Services, we pride ourselves on our unique approach to the delivery of Home Care Services. Our exemplary service and commitment to providing high quality care have provided us the continued honor of serving the needs of Clients and their families throughout all of Rhode Island & Southern Massachusetts since 2004. We are proud to be rec...
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Michael Hund joined EBRP as the CEO in 2017. Michael previously served as the Director of Development for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, leading their successful $100 million Curing Cancer Now campaign driving achievement of the largest longitudinal genomic dataset in cancer, an end-to-end Precision Medicine Model, a 25 member consortium of leading academic medical centers, 10 approved treatments in just over a decade, a...
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January 8, 2024 18 mins
Josh Fox has grown Bottom Line Concepts over the past 14 years to achieve billions of dollars in savings and refunds for many different organizations. In the day-to-day operations, his strength is building relationships as well as managing employees, vendors and an international sales team. He is hands on in overseeing all aspects of the business from meetings, contracts, negotiations, implementation and follow-up.

Passionate about ...
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December 11, 2023 19 mins
Rachael Glaws launched RGI events in 2008 with an ambitious vision: to create a mission-led events firm providing strategy-driven experiences grounded in flawless logistics and beautiful design. She guides each distinctly curated event thoughtfully from concept to completion, navigating the nuances along the way with grace and style afforded by deep expertise. Under her leadership, RGI Events has won an armload of awards, including...
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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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October 27, 2023 30 mins
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 13, 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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