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         It can be hard for some people to understand what they see in front of them. Other people might not grasp the complex world that they live in either. That may hold true for anyone trying to fathom the way stock markets and the financial world works and what the daily results mean for their customer’s short-term and long-term prospects.

         For Ronald Kent, president of Spinnaker Asset Management, located on 3970 Post Road in Warwick, such topics as figures, trends, and mapping out the financial future for his clients are just the types of issues he wants to handle.

         From growing up on a farm in rural Pennsylvania, then graduating from Penn State University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering to finding his true calling—helping clients secure their financial future—Kent realized early that asking questions drives him to success.

         “I always wanted to know how things worked,” said Kent, who devoted four decades toward learning his craft. “I saw the markets and wanted to know why stocks fell when good earnings reports came out, and why they rose when the opposite occurred. After investing a small amount of money and achieving a measure of success, I was intrigued to learn more.”

Automated Business Solutions Makes Strategic Additions to their Ranks

Automated Business Solutions Inc is proud to announce the addition of three highly respected, experienced, and talented members to our team. Alan Albergaria, President, and CEO of Automated Business Solutions commented that “Our continuous investment in the best talent in our industry is what makes us New England’s premier provider of Office Solutions and IT Services. Our customers deserve and expect the best, and you can only do that if you have a team with the talent to deliver!”

David Aulisio joined our company taking on the role of Vice President of Business Development, Mike Ardry was promoted to General Manager of the Connecticut Market, and John Papa was hired as our Production Specialist serving the New England market.

David Aulisio has a BA in Economics from Hamilton College and an MBA in Marketing from St John’s University. David’s twenty-three-year career includes both sales and Senior Executive leadership positions, initially for Canon Inc. in the New York market and most recently for a dealership in the Connecticut market. This diverse experience gives David a depth of business knowledge that makes him uniquely qualified to help our clients make the most intelligent choices for their business office productivity needs. He will also be instrumental in expanding our team’s ability to confidently offer more solutions in both Production Print and Managed IT Services.

McNally resigns from I-195 Redevelopment Commission for a new post

The I-195 Redevelopment Commission today announced that Executive Director, Peter McNally, has accepted a position at EverWest Real Estate Investors, a real estate investment management firm headquartered in Denver. He will be Senior Vice President and will lead the investor relations and capital raising department. Peter will divide his time between Denver and New York City while maintaining a residence in Providence. He will remain with the Commission until June 1, 2019.

Caroline Skuncik will serve as Acting Executive Director until the position is filled. Ms. Skuncik has been Vice President/ Senior Project Manager for the Commission since 2017 and previously worked at the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation where she led the Corporation’s real estate investment activities under the Rebuild Rhode Island Tax Credit and Tax Increment Financing programs.

“I want to thank Peter for his hard work and dedication to the work of the I-195 Redevelopment Commission,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “He has led their efforts for nearly four years and I have always appreciated his focus on shaping the I-195 District into a vibrant place to work and live.”

“Transforming the parcels of the 195 land into the Innovation and Design District has been a priority for this Administration and Peter McNally has played a key role in these efforts,” said Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor. “We thank Peter for his dedication and his contribution to this work.”

“Peter brought a wealth of private sector experience to the Commission,” said Robert Davis, Chair of the I-195 Redevelopment Commission. “His insights into the world of real estate investment and development were a tremendous asset to the Commission and I am thrilled for him that he has such a great opportunity to return to that work. We will miss his expertise but we are fortunate to have talented individual like Caroline Skuncik able to step into the role.”

“I’m looking forward to this next opportunity but leave knowing that there’s a great team in place to continue to move the I-195 District forward,” said Peter McNally. “I want to thank Governor Raimondo for the opportunity to do this important work and Secretary Pryor for his collaboration and partnership over the years. Chairman Davis has a real vision for the developments that will thrive here and I am excited to watch great projects like the Wexford/CIC Innovation Campus expand in Providence.”

Knead Doughnuts Expands Into Former Pilotworks Space; Invests in New Small Businesses

Providence, RI – Knead Doughnuts has expanded their donut production into a 5,000-square-foot commercial kitchen previously operated by the food incubator Pilotworks, now called Providence Kitchen Collaborative. With the capacity to handcraft even more gourmet doughnuts, Knead will be at more farmers markets, serve more weddings, and craft more special seasonal flavors. A third donut shop is slated to open at their new production space this spring.

With a significantly larger commercial kitchen, Knead is now able to give back and support several budding food businesses by leasing them commercial kitchen space. “We are humbled to be able to support Providence’s dynamic food scene” said Knead co-founder Adam Lastrina. “All these businesses were right where we were two years ago.”

The new location at Providence Kitchen Collaborative is already home to all of Knead’s doughnut production, as well as seven food entrepreneurs leasing commercial kitchen access from Knead, including Brown Paper Bounty, Vic’s Handcrafted Ice Cream, and Long Live Beerworks, which will operate a brewery and bar just steps from Knead. Inquire about leasing kitchen space here.

Knead plans a grand opening of its new donut shop at Providence Kitchen Collaborative, which will be open on weekends and select evenings, in May 2019. Follow updates on Knead’s lively Facebook and Instagram pages.

The award-winning gourmet doughnut shop opened its first Providence location, at 32 Custom House, in December 2016. A second Providence storefront opened in April 2018 at 135 Elmgrove Avenue. To learn more about Knead Doughnuts, visit kneaddoughnuts.com.



Opened in 2016, Knead Doughnuts crafts homemade donuts with locally-sourced, wholesome ingredients. Since its inception, Knead has gained critical acclaim, widespread support throughout the Rhode Island community, and quite a few fans. Knead is founded by local residents Adam Lastrina, Todd Mackey, and Bryan Gibb, all of whom attribute the success of Knead to their team’s commitment to making and serving gourmet, traditional donuts that are unrivaled in terms of quality, flavor, and execution. https://www.kneaddoughnuts.com/