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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-31-2019

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VALLEY BREEZE | OCTOBER-31-NOVEMBER 6, 2019 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 3 A message from Executive Committee Chairman Craig Sculos Since 1991, the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce has been serving the needs of the Ocean State's business community. And for the past 27 years, John Gregory has been at the helm. He's been advocat- ing on our behalf, and protecting the interests of the realm. Yes, he's been the shield and the sword, fully comprehending that a soft voice can accomplish as much as a forceful shout. Under John's watch and steady hand, the Chamber has grown in geographic size, membership, cred- ibility and influence. Through the good and the bad, he's been the con- stant, always steadfast in his duties – pushing, poking, prodding, yet always collaborative. John Gregory and the Chamber? Well, that's been the best combina- tion since Hershey bars first met gra- ham crackers and marshmallows. With retirement and the promise of endless tee times on the golf course beckoning, John's role as our presi- dent and CEO has come to an end. Time to queue up Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend. "Who's Next?" Well, please say hello to Liz Catucci. A member of our Board of Directors for almost five years, Liz is not John Gregory 2.0. Together with the membership, Liz will be charting the Chamber's new path. Respecting the past, she, nor we, will be bound by it. Spilling over the brim with true passion and enthusiasm for "all things Chamber," Liz's reputation is distinguished by her commitment to the cause: professional, personal and charitable. Her accomplishments and accolades are many, including recog- nition for strategic planning, fundrais- ing, business development, sales and relationship building. We're in good hands, past and present. Both John and Liz have ensured that the handoff will be free of a fumble; the transition has been Brady-to-Edelman smooth. The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce is 600 mem- bers or so strong. We represent large, international businesses as well as the bricks and mortar of Main Street. We are the backbone of the Blackstone, as well as the gas, the engine and the vehicle that propels the Rhode Island economy. CRAIG SCULOS General Manager, Twin River Casino Executive Committee Chairman, 2019, The Northern R.I. Chamber of Commerce Meet the Chamber's 2019 Board of Directors Executive Committee Chair Craig Sculos Twin River Casino Hotel Chair Elect Kevin Tracy Bank of America Secretary Peter Marino Neighborhood Health Plan Treasurer Jennifer Parkhurst Fidelity Investments Immediate Past Chair Susan A. Fabrizio Flagship Staffing Services Legal Counsel Michael A. Gamboli, Esq. Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Executive Committee At-Large Member John Houle JH Communications President/CEO Liz Catucci NRICC President/CEO BOARD MEMBERS Hasan S. Ali Bristol County Savings Bank Greg Borengasser RTS Embroidery & Promotional Solutions Anthony Botelho Freedom National Bank Frank Casale TD Bank Jeffrey P. Cascione Navigant Credit Union George Charette Pawtucket Credit Union Charlie Clifford YMCA of Pawtucket, Inc. Adriana Dawson BankNewport Dennis De Jesus Special Olympics Rhode Island Nancy Dufresne Bank Rhode Island Joe Dorazio CVS Health Timothy Flanagan Kirkbrae County Club David A. Fontaine, CPA Marcum, LLP Jenifer Giroux Rhode Island College William Hunt Shove Insurance, Inc. Junior Jabbie Banneker Industries An Le Citizens Bank of Rhode Island Carl Lisa, Sr. Lisa & Sousa, LTD Jennifer Lopes Milford Federal Bank David Lucier Lucier, CPA John Luo MD Doctor's Choice Jennifer Morrison Amica Mutual Insurance Company Ross Nelson Cox Business Daniel P. Orovitz The Washington Trust Company Yahaira Placencia U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management Daniel Rea III Pawtucket Red Sox Lori Spangler National Grid Robert Stolzman Adler Pollock & Sheehan, P.C. Marc Streisand Marc Allen Inc. Amy Vogel Dr. Day Care Thomas Ward The Valley Breeze David Wegrzyn Bryant University

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