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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-22-2019

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4 PAWTUCKET / BUSINESS MAY 22-28, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – A newly revamped two-floor space at 65 Blackstone Ave. is now home to the latest expansion of Collette, an important next step, says CEO Dan Sullivan Jr., for this city-based travel company with deep local roots. For a company now boasting a global reach, it was important to reaf- firm a 101-year history in Pawtucket, Sullivan told The Breeze. Collette is committed to the downtown and opening up the beautiful Blackstone River with a long-planned new bike path "so everyone can see it," he said. Collette, long based up the road on Middle Street, now has 650 employees globally, 450 of those in Pawtucket. The expansion this month to Mark House's redevelopment of the former Morrison Thread com- pany right on the Blackstone River means Collette is now in four build- ings, said Sullivan. In this new space there is great office space as well as a client care center and some meeting rooms, he said, "a beautiful space that really ties into who we are." About 50 employ- ees are working here. Sullivan said he and other staff members are already frequent patrons at Mad Dog Cafe, also locat- ed within the same building. On May 7, Sullivan was offi- cially recognized with the Pawtucket Foundation's Person of the Year Award as someone who has signifi- cantly contributed to enhancing the quality of economic and community life in the city with his long and influ- ential presence. "Dan's leadership and commit- ment to the city of Pawtucket is truly remarkable," said Jaclyn Leibl-Cote, president of Collette. "Collette's philosophy to give back to the city is a direct result of his commitment through volunteering, nonprofit sup- port, and simple acts of kindness." Despite some big-name departures in Pawtucket, there are so many good things happening here, says Sullivan. In addition to the Morrison Thread development, Louis Yip has renovated numerous several mill buildings nearby, and many small businesses are finding a home in the city. He points to The Guild and other By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Four local girls earn GSA Gold Award WARWICK – The Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England will honor four local girls with Gold Awards on Thursday, May 23, at the Global Heritage Hall, Roger Williams University, Bristol. Local honorees include Molly Cabatingan and Olivia Barboza of Cumberland, Sydney Bienstock of Pawtucket, and Lillian Scribner of Lincoln. Seven other girls from around the state will be honored with them. Collette completes expansion into Pawtucket's downtown Person of the Year Sullivan bullish on city IN BRIEF Collette Travel has a newly expanded location on Blackstone Ave. in Pawtucket featuring increased workspace and a worker- friendly environment. The new space enables STEPHANIE JOHNSON to stretch a bit by occasionally standing at her work- station. Pawtucket Foundation Person of the Year DAN SULLIVAN JR., right, along with Special Distinction Award winner LINDA DEWING, left, and Heritage Award winner ROSALIE DAROSA, at the Pawtucket Foundation's annual event on May 7. See COLLETTE, Page 15 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact Managing Editor Ethan Shorey at or call 401-334-9555, ext. 130. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. ADVERTISING – Call your sales representative, or Publisher Tom Ward at 401-334-9555, ext. 123 or email: CLASSIFIEDS – Place ads at, or call 401-334-9555 during office hours. 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