Expert of the MonthA Blog Highlighting Our Clients
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When it comes to insurance options, the team at Lezaola Thompson Insurance wants to help you find the best choice for you and your family. With their combined 25 insurance companies, they aim to offer their customers great rates while treating them like people, not like a policy. The Lezaola Thompson Insurance team makes it their goal to help you understand your insurance coverage and options!
At Lezaola Thompson Insurance, they offer a wide range of policies for personal and business insurance. The team at Lezaola Thompson proudly serves customers in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.
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For over 100 years, Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery has been a staple throughout Northern Rhode Island. From its humble beginnings, Wright’s has grown into being four businesses in one: the dairy farm, milk processing plant, bakery, and retail store.
Chris Gasbarro’s Fine Wine & Spirits
At Chris Gasbarro’s Fine Wine & Spirits, they have an extensive selection of beers, wines, and liquors perfect for any occasion. When compared to other stores, Chris makes it his goal to educate customers and make choosing the right wine simple. His team of experts are always available to assist with your selections! They offer a deep knowledge of wine, craft beer and liquors if you need help deciding on a product
Dr. Jim Boccuzzi founded Killingly Eye Care in 1993, where he cares for his community, both in and out of the office. With a keen focus on every aspect of his field, he has become one of the most prominent optometrists of New England. With over 30 years of experience from Dr. Boccuzzi alone, he and his fellow doctors have given the community the best eye care around.
Whether you need new tires or your car needs a tune up, Melvin’s Tire Pros & Auto Service Center is the place to go! In 1974, Jim Melvin left his job at Firestone, purchased a Texaco gas station in Framingham, MA, and opened his own station. At the age of 13, Jim Melvin Jr. started working for his father, pumping gas, changing tires, and performing oil changes. After that, the rest was history.
For over 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island have been enriching children’s lives throughout the state. It is their mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that help children acheive their full potential.
Started in 1999 by owner and CEO Kurt “The Fish Guy” Harrington, Something Fishy is the product of a lifelong passion. The Fish Guy’s love for all things “fishy” started when he was 8 years old and he’s been hooked ever since. At Something Fishy, they love what they do and set the industry standard for other aquarium service providers.
Located in Pawtucket, RI, Smith Insurance Group has been serving Rhode Island and Massachusetts for almost 70 years! Originally founded in 1950 as Lefebvre Insurance Agency, Denise Smith began working there in 1990. In 2006, she had the opportunity to purchase the agency, which led to the creation of Smith Insurance.
For over 40 years, Dr. John Pugliese has been providing quality eye care to each of his patients. At Pugliese Family Eye Care they don’t believe in packing the practice full of patients and rushing people out. Dr. Pugliese and the team treat every patient with respect and give them the time they need.
As the saying goes, “choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” This saying came true for Randy Eakin, owner of Randy’s Automotive in Medfield, MA. In 1977, Randy and his wife Lorraine founded Randy’s Automotive, where their goal has always been to give the best automotive products and service available.
From a young age Dr. David Renaud knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up. When he was 10 years old, he created a science fair project on dentistry. In 1994, Dr. Renaud’s dreams became a reality when he opened his own practice, David L. Renaud DDS, Ltd. Dr. Renaud and his staff take their time to get to the root of their patients’ problems!
In 1922, Reverend Cesare Schettini began leading two masses in the basement of the original St. Ann’s Church in Cranston. With Father Schettini officially in charge of the new parish, St. Mary’s was placed under the patronage of Santa Maria della Civita. For almost 100 years, St. Mary’s Church stands as a reminder of Father Schettini’s crowning achievement in his career.
Hire Image was founded in 2005 by CEO Christine Cunneen and Co-Founder Tom Tomlinson. At Hire Image, they offer a variety of comprehensive background checks and employee screening services. With their advanced technology they make the screening process fast, simple and affordable. Their background checks and screenings allow their clients to make well-informed hiring and retention decisions.
At Stephen R. DiChiara CPA Inc., the entire team is ready to assist individual taxpayers and small businesses with their taxes. With over 30 years of experience as a CPA, Stephen DiChiara works tirelessly to find tax loopholes and maximize refunds for his clients.
Founded in the 1940’s, Nation Wide Construction has over 70 years of experience under their tool belt! They focus on commercial construction, commercial refits and buildouts, mixed-use construction, office renovations, and affordable housing projects.
At Toni’s State Line Power Products, LLC they sell and service all your outdoor power equipment. Whether you need snowblowers, chainsaws, lawn mowers of all sizes, or any yard equipment, they have it all!
For almost 50 years, Vision Associates has been providing patients with quality eye care. Dr. Alan Grossman strongly believed in the phrase “make your patients come first,” and instilled this philosophy into his staff. In 1995, Dr. Grossman’s daughter, Dr. Debra Sleight joined the practice.
Founded in 1998, Heat-Flo, Inc. is a full-service design and manufacturing firm dedicated to creating cost effective heating systems and storage tanks. President George Celorier realized that product specialization is key. Heat-Flo initially manufactured indirect water heaters but after receiving numerous customer requests for products, the company expanded.
In 1995, the Rhode Island Community Foundation wanted to start a Children’s Initiative to help transform the lives of children. As a result, Connecting for Children & Families (CCF) was created. Today, CCF continues to be a leader on child and family issues. As Executive Director Terese Curtin states, it is their goal to “remove any obstacles that might prevent a child from being successful in school and in life.”
In 1922, William J. Hirten started a company distributing religious goods and church supplies, and aptly named it the William J. Hirten Company. Before he retired in the 1950’s, Hirten’s company was one of the largest religious product suppliers in the world.
Direnzo Towing & Recovery is more than just a towing company; they’re also your solution for all equipment moves, accident recoveries, and road service! When current owner John Direnzo Jr. founded the company in 1999, it was just himself and a couple of trucks. Today, Direnzo is one of the largest towing and recovery companies in central New England.
Rhode Eyeland was founded in 2014 by owner and optometrist Dr. Jacqueline Boisvert. With over 15 years of experience serving the local community, Dr. Boisvert decided to open her own practice where she could create connections with her patients while improving their eyesight.
In the battle against substance abuse, two people are at the forefront trying to help those that are ready for change. Owner and CFO Ann Baccari and owner and chairman Ken Richardson are determined to provide their patients with the top-quality care and treatment they deserve. The Journey to Hope, Health, & Healing is a full-service outpatient recovery center for those that struggle with addiction.
Originally founded in 1932 by Italian immigrant Thomas Bruzzese, Supreme Dairy Farms is one of the few family-oriented and locally owned food distributors in New England. Current owner Paul Areson purchased the business in 2006, from the same gentlemen who ran the company in the 1940’s.
EyeSite RI was founded in 2009 by Dr. Maria Jablonski and optician Linda Carpentier. Having previously worked together, the duo decided to open their own practice. When they opened the practice, they had one goal in mind; they wanted to treat their patients like they would treat their family members.
Established in 1979, Advanced Dental Care brings about a certain level of trust and familiarity that families not only choose Dr. Roger Carlsten, but they grow with him as well. In fact, Dr. Carlsten has been around long enough that he has generations of families as patients!
Gardiner & Whiteley Inc. was established in 1957 by Charles H. Gardiner and William R. Whiteley. Over 50 years later Gardiner & Whiteley Inc., now known as Gardiner Whiteley Boardman, is a premier, full-service insurance agency.
Soucy Insurance Agency was established in 1914 by Adelard L. Soucy. He started his business small, offering general services for insurance, real estate and also as a notary public. Today, The Soucy Insurance Agency has transformed from a one-room home business into a full-scale insurance agency that does it all!
Precision Engineering was established in 1988 by both Liora and her husband, Peter. Precision Engineering is a contract manufacturer that makes sheet metal parts for different automated systems, like computers and robots.
At Complements Art Gallery they take the fear factor out of buying art becausethey make it fun. Complements Art Gallery has had their art featured multiple times in New England Home magazine for their keen eye on bringing a room together with specific pieces.
Since 1992, ESM, Inc. Bookkeeping Services have dedicated themselves to serving their customers with a wide array of bookkeeping services. Judy Nunes, Jean Baldino, and their team at ESM, Inc. Bookkeeping Services are ready to take on the financial maintenance that your business needs.
Phil Gasbarro Liquors has proudly been serving customers since 1962. Nicole Gasbarro is the third generation to join the business of the locally owned and operated liquor, wine, and spirits stores under the Gasbarro family name.
Since its inception in 2014, HomeSmart Professionals Real Estate offers client-focused real estate services throughout Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut. Backed by a team made up of over 120 associates, Dean deTonnancourt has lead an army of dedicated agents to victory as they are one of the top real estate offices
D&B Machining was established in 1988 by two brothers, Rui and Tony Duarte, both of whom immigrated to the US in 1974. D&B Machining originally began in a small 1,500 square foot garage with just two employees. Today, they are a minority-women owned small business that proudly employs over 50 people.
Westminster Eyecare Associates is Rhode Island’s premier eye care practice dedicated to providing the highest level of care to their patients. Since its purchase in 2001, senior partners Dr. Scott Colonna and Dr. John Ormando decided to get out into the community and turn it into a group practice.
Ocean State Cardiovascular & Vein Center is a state of the art, friendly environment, where they provide the most complete preventative and therapeutic Venous care. The practice prides themselves on providing the highest level of Venous evaluation and therapy to all their patients across New England
Founded in 2002, High Purity New England has become the leader in manufacturing, importing, and exporting products for the biotechnology and bio-pharmaceutical industries.
High Purity New England distributes more than 20 brands, and a manufactures their own product line! While HPNE’s customer base is centered right here in Rhode Island, they now have customers as far as Australia.