Meet Our Team
Founder & President
Over 14 years’ experience and proven track record of success as President and Chief Executive Officer of multiple start-up companies. Gil’s primary area of expertise is working with companies of all sizes on maintaining brand consistency across all forms of media and developing brand messaging. Gil has also worked with hundreds of companies, from startups to Fortune 500’s on web development and Internet Marketing strategies. Gil’s current company Focus Business Solutions has ranked in Providence Business News as one of Rhode Island’s Top 100 Private Companies as well as one the fastest growing companies over the past 3 years. Gil is also a consultant and regular workshop presenter for RIEDC, CWE, SCORE, SBA and SBDC.
Vice President, Operations
Since 1991, Ralph has successfully started and run dozens of printed publications. Starting with Rhode Island longest running real estate publication The Real Estate Journal, to the more recent Motorhead Magazine, Ralph has sent over 1,000 issues to press over the past 20 years. In a time of decline in traditional media, Ralph has continuously produced profitable magazines by identifying industry needs and providing his advertisers a measurable ROI. Ralph brings his experience to RISBJ and handles monthly production of the magazine along with managing our in-house design team and coordination of all distribution channels.
Business Development Manager
Rhode Island native and small business owner Carolyn Drumm is the most recent addition to the RISBJ team. She will be responsible for developing new business relationships and business strategies to further enhance entrepreneurial success for local businesses. Working with her husband’s masonry construction company, J.D. Cement Works, for the last 28 years, Drumm has helped the business grow into a thriving commercial success with an impressive list of commercial clientele. Additionally, Drumm founded a not-for-profit called Skate for Joy eleven years ago which is based in Providence, RI. The organization teaches ice skating and hockey skills to at-risk youth, and offers a life skills program, and a healthy snack.
James Pardee, Creative Director
Mike Casale, Graphic Designer
Pam Walsh, Assistant Editor
Danny Angeli, Account Manager
Emilio DiSpirito IV, Account Manager