Tuni Renaud Schartner, TRS Strategies

Tuni SchartnerDeeply committed to the community, Tuni Renaud Schartner, of TRS Strategies has continuously proven herself as a spirited member of the Rhode Island business community. With years of experience managing, owning and operating multiple businesses and receiving professional training in marketing/PR/business development strategy, in addition to spending much of her professional life working closely with chambers of commerce, town officials, and business leaders, she was passionate about increasing economic development where she resides. As opportunities aligned organically, Tuni, along with her partners Larry Zevon of Zevon Media and Mike Baker owner of the historic Lafayette Mill Complex, built a collaborative, community-based co- working facility in North Kingstown coined, The Hive RI.

The Hive hosts prominent members of the business community who share their knowledge with those eager to learn at their Lunch and Learn sessions. Members also share service offerings including social media, website development, marketing, etc. and The Hive hosts a multitude of networking events and workshops. The Hive truly fosters a supportive infrastructure for businesses, in all stages of development, to grow, as well as an environment where exchanging thoughts and ideas on how to enrich the community is the new business-as-usual.

Tuni not only enhances the personal and professional lives around her by crafting an innovative professional co-working space designed to help individuals realize their dreams, but Tuni’s blueprint is to have a larger impact on the community around her. Working with local historian and author, Tim Cranston, she continues to help preserve the mill’s historical integrity hosting historic walking tours, educational events, and evening lectures for members of the community and business professionals working in the building.

Tuni is an active member of local chambers of commerce, consistently bringing in innovative member businesses and entrepreneurs who will continue to promote a more vibrant community. Tuni also promotes local artists by using art to enhance The Hive’s surroundings. Tuni said, “Art has proven to promote a creative and productive atmosphere for those of us who work here, and it is invaluable to The Hive at this point.”

Congressman James R. Langevin noted, “Tuni has provided her expertise, offered growth solutions, and developed strategic plans of action for numerous Rhode Island companies. Tuni’s vast understanding of the business environment, her commitment to the community, and her support for those with a vision, is truly the epitome of the entrepreneurial spirit.”

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