Business Notes

ACCOUNTING Stephanie L. Barry and Robin L. Bigalke, both of Newport, have been hired as staff accountants for Casten, Victor & Company, LLP. Barry received her bachelor’s degree in forensic accounting from Salve Regina, and Bigalke received her bachelor’s in accounting from Roger Williams University.


Barbara L. Holt
Barbara L. Holt has joined the commercial services division of First Federal Savings Bank of America as senior development officer. She will be assisting business customers in Bristol County, Mass. and nearby Rhode Island with their financing needs. Holt has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheaton College, and master’s in management from Bryant College. She also graduated from the University of Virginia. An East Providence resident, she is active in the American Business Women’s Association, the Bristol County Estate Planning Council, The Women’s Network of Rhode Island and the Chamber of Commerce.


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Karin Welt
Karin Welt has joined the marketing communications firm Thomas Rankin Associates, as account executive. She will be responsible for the management of client accounts in a number of fields including medical devices, plastics, industrial design, and racket strings. Welt holds a degree in marketing from the University of Rhode Island, and is also a director of Welt Editorial Services.




Shirley Freitag
Shirley Freitag of Narragansett has recently joined Qwest Communications as senior account executive. Freitag was formerly a senior client acquisition specialist with USN Communications and an account executive with Atlantic, a Lucent Technologies associated company.





Richard C. Hawes
Richard C. Hawes has joined E.W. Burman, Inc. as project manager with the Warwick-based general construction/construction management firm. He is overseeing projects at the Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island Country Club and Rodman Mill. Hawes is responsible for all operations at these sites, including sub-contracted work and relationships with owners and architects.


Kevin W. Scott
Kevin W. Scott of Woonsocket has been hired as an account manager for SyNet, Inc.; an information and communications solution provider located in Warwick. Scott, formerly with Cabletron Systems and Alliance, brings over ten years of industry experience to the organization. His new responsibilities include hardware and infrastructure consultation and sales, and account management in new vertical markets within the company’s sales territory.



Brian A. Emery
Brian A. Emery has joined the Westford, Mass. office of Lincoln Environment, Inc. as office manager and licensed site professional. He has 16 years of experience in areas of hydrogeolic investigation and remediation. In addition to designing and installing a variety of soil and groundwater remedial systems, Emery has provided expert witness testimony regarding contaminant migration and remediation.



David A. Balasco
David A. Balasco, Esq., has been promoted to vice president of government relations for the Hospital Association of Rhode Island. He is responsible for directing HARI’s government relations, policy and advocacy efforts. A North Providence resident, Balasco earned his juris degree from Suffolk University Law School, and his bachelor’s in management from Rhode Island College.





Earl Print
Earl Print has been appointed director of Light-olier’s sales department and lighting education. He will oversee the management of the Lightolier Tech-Center, and establish training programs for both internal and external customers. Print has worked in the lighting industry for the last 38 years and has been with such companies as General Electric, Philips Lighting and Venture Lighting International.




David E. Rheault of Portsmouth has been named vice president of sales at ETCO Insulated Terminal Division in Bristol. He has been with the company, which manufactures “connects” for the appliance industry, for the last 16 years and has served as sales manager since 1989.


Ruth Murray
Ruth Murray, a real estate associate with JW Riker for the last 10 years, was recently honored as the #1 Associate of the Year, at the JW Riker Awards Gala. With nearly $8 million in sales volume, Murray, a certified residential specialist and certified buyer representative, handles residential sales throughout central and southern Rhode Island.





Maryelizabeth Duffy
Maryelizabeth Duffy, director of development at Our Lady of Fatima High School in Warren, has been elected president of the Board of Directors of A New Leaf, the non-profit floral and garden shop on Gano Street in Providence. The mission of the board is to provide job-training to individuals with mental health disabilities. Duffy, a Barrington resident, is an active volunteer, serving on the Board of Directors for the Volunteer Center of Rhode Island, and the advisory board for the RI March of Dimes Chain Reaction Youth Leadership initiative.




David S. Medeiros
David S. Medeiros has been selected to head the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division’s undersea warfare analysis department. He will be responsible for the formulation and conduct of the Division’s broad-based analysis program that assesses the effectiveness of submarines and surface ships in countering undersea threats, as well as submarines warfare effectiveness across the full spectrum of their missions. Medeiros has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Rhode Island, and a master’s from the University of Connecticut.


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