Spotlights

2020 Year in Review: Jay Connolly, Connolly Brothers Inc.

What was the most difficult part of working during the pandemic of 2020? The biggest challenge of working during the pandemic has been adjusting to a partially remote workforce. While technology has allowed us to successfully work remotely during the beginning of the pandemic, it became obvious at a point that we were missing something. There is an unmeasurable dynamic of face-to-face interaction, collaboration and teamwork that happens in an office environment

2020 Year in Review: Susan Shelby, Rhino PR

What was the most difficult part of working during the pandemic of 2020? The most difficult part of working during the pandemic was not being able to meet with clients or attend networking events in person. Video calls are fine but I miss seeing people in person!

2020 Year in Review: Steve Laverty, Surus Development & Construction

What aspects of working from home have you enjoyed most? Without commuting and office distractions, the days were noticeably more efficient. It provided an opportunity to spend more time with my family while accomplishing the same or more work in a single day.

2020 Year in Review: Imran Khan, Margulies Perruzzi

What was the most difficult part of working during the pandemic of 2020? Traditionally, the practice of architecture is based on mentoring -- professionals working closely side-by-side learning from each other. Realizing work from home will lead to the potential loss of tacit knowledge, MP established periodic virtual check-ins to make that human connection

2020 Year in Review: Dennis Swart, DJSA Architecture

What was your greatest professional accomplishment or most notable project, deal, or transaction in 2020? While we had several great projects in 2020, we are very proud to have designed the Pelham House Resort in Dennis Port, MA This project consisted of a brand new 13,000 s/f ocean front function facility, restaurant and bar located directly on Nantucket Sound.

2020 Year in Review: Ed Smith, Smith + Co Marketing and Communications

What aspects of working from home have you enjoyed most? It’s actually been really nice interacting over Zoom with clients who are also working from the more causal home environment versus a polished corporate setting. It’s a reminder that we are all in this thing together, trying to balance work and home life. There’s something about having your dog refuse to stop barking during an important meeting that forces you to put your guard down and be more real.

2020 Year in Review: Robert Duval, TFMoran, Inc.

What aspects of working from home have you enjoyed most? The ability to meet virtually allows me to schedule more meetings in less time than the old face-to-face way of doing things. Although I do miss the personal interaction: shaking hands and catching up with personal news with friends and business associates you may not have seen for years. 

2020 Year in Review: Steven King, Quonset Development Corp.

What was your greatest professional accomplishment or most notable project, deal, or transaction in 2020? My greatest professional accomplishment in 2020 was taking a leadership position in Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo’s COVID-19 personal protective equipment procurement task force. This team, with dedicated members from the Quonset team and other Rhode Island state agencies

2020 Year in Review: Richard Goldman, R.L. Goldman Co. Inc.

What was your greatest professional accomplishment or most notable project, deal, or transaction in 2020? This year, R.L. Goldman completed a total reconstruct of the corporate headquarters for a prominent South Shore development company. The job consisted of paving over 322,000 s/f of existing parking lots and roadways while also replacing 12,000 feet of concrete curbing with vertical granite.

2020 Year in Review: Nicole Joy Hales, PRfirst

What was your greatest professional accomplishment or most notable project, deal, or transaction in 2020? We made a conscious decision to make sure our clients and our colleagues heard more from us in 2020, so we’ve been much more frequent in our communications. We focus much of our message on sharing the good news