The People Behind the Competition

Co-Chairs

Margaret Farrell

Partner, Hinckley Allen

Peggy focuses her practice in the area of corporate and securities law with extensive experience in organization, acquisitions, sales, mergers, recapitalizations and other reorganizations of both publicly and privately-held corporations, partnerships and limited liabilities companies, and in personal and business tax planning. She has extensive experience in handling equity and debt securities offerings, both fully registered public offerings and exempt private placements and venture capital financings, ongoing SEC regulatory compliance and reporting, and investment company, investment adviser and broker-dealer registration and regulation. Peggy has in-depth knowledge of financial institution regulation and has experience in computer and other high technology law, including software licensing and copyright and trademark protection.

Anthony Mangiarelli

Partner, KLR

With more than 15 years of public accounting experience, Anthony has worked with clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, professional services, distribution, and employee benefit plans and chair’s KLR’s Emerging and Start Up Business Services Group. Named to the Providence Business News 2011 class of “Forty under 40,” he frequently speaks at business forums across southern New England, Anthony is a member of Betaspring and the Cambridge Innovation Center, and serves on the United Way of Rhode Island Finance Committee and as an advisory board member of Community College of Rhode Island. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Master of Science in Taxation degree, both from Bryant University.

Advisory Board

Kim Anderson

Socially Responsible Entrepreneur; Impact Investor; Owner, Plant City

Kim Anderson

Kim has been a successful retailer and business leader for more than 30 years, starting in the management and buying departments of Jordan Marsh and Macy’s. She is former owner of the home store Teapots & Tassels, Co., where she was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 1991 by SBA and “Citizen of the Year Award” in 2005 for her Hurricane Katrina relief efforts by Chamber of Commerce. In 2010 she co-founded, with her 15-year-old daughter, Ava Anderson Non Toxic, the safest full line of personal care and home cleaning products, sold via direct sales. With the support of 20,000 independent sales representatives, the business educated millions of American families about the dangers of harmful chemicals in conventional products for humans and the environment. In 6 years it reached a $60M run rate, was honored by Inc. Magazine, Fortune and Entrepreneur, and was acquired in August 2016. Kim is a board member of Social Enterprise Greenhouse.

Katharine Flynn

Executive Director, University of Rhode Island Business Engagement Center

Katharine was named to lead the URI Business Engagement Center in 2013 while continuing to serve as executive director of corporate and foundation relations for the University of Rhode Island. She also spends part of her time working for the Governor of Rhode Island's Executive Office of Commerce. Before joining URI in 2012, she was director of business development for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation for eight years. Katharine has extensive experience evaluating and coaching emerging businesses and has been actively involved with the RI Business Plan Competition for nearly 10 years. She earned a bachelor's degree in mathematical economics from Brown University.

David Hirsch

Partner, Hinckley Allen

David Hirsch

David focuses his practice in general corporate law, with dedicated emphases in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, commercial lending and securities law. As a trusted advisor, David advises clients on matters ranging from everyday corporate governance and operational questions to strategic expansion and sophisticated financings. Additionally, he serves as bond counsel, borrower’s counsel and bank counsel on a broad array of tax-exempt financing transactions. David represents companies in all stages of business, including emerging and developing companies, established private middle-market businesses, and publicly held companies.

Roger Iannetta

Regional Marketing Director, Cox Business

Roger Iannetta

Roger is the Cox Business Field Marketing Director for the Northeast and Virginia markets. Cox Business is the commercial division of Cox Communications. In his current role, Roger is responsible for leading the marketing, product, and customer education teams in his regions. He has been with Cox Communications for 16 years in various marketing leadership roles in the residential and commercial divisions. Prior to Cox Communications, Roger led international research, product development, and product management organizations at several medical, computer peripheral, and technology organizations. He is a co-inventor of three U.S. patents for manufacturing complex printed circuits and related polymer chemistry. Roger has a master’s in business and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Rhode Island.

Todd Knapp

CEO, Envision Technology Advisors

Todd Knapp

Todd has been providing IT services nationally for over 20 years and draws inspiration and insight from participation in a wide range of executive boards and industry associations. He has an extensive background in strategic planning and implementation of business technology solutions, and is the founder of his firm Envision Technology Advisors. As a presenter, Todd speaks throughout the country on a variety of technology and business topics including digital transformation, cybersecurity, leveraging the data economy, and integrating user psychology into IT strategic planning and services. He founded his firm in 1998, and today enjoys engaging with his team on technology transformation projects representing almost every business vertical. In his free time, Todd works with several non-profits. He is a board member for RI Public Radio, and volunteers for organizations including The Groden Center, American Red Cross, RI Foster Forward, and the Rutland Rescue Mission.

Brian McMahon

VP - Senior Commercial Loan Officer, Bristol County Savings Bank

Brian McMahon

Brian has been in the banking industry for the last 24 years with concentration in the commercial lending industry since 2005 identifying the financial needs and providing solutions for business owners and commercial real estate investors in the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts market areas. We offer a full range of financing options to include investment real estate, C&I/receivables and inventory financing, SBA 7a and 504 loan programs. We guide clients through the entire loan process from application to closing providing the expertise in building confidence for a long term financial relationship with the bank. Experienced with mentoring junior lenders to become self-sufficient in sourcing business and understanding lending processes. Actively participate in charitable organizations, State of Rhode Island chamber of commerce events, etc.

Jennifer Rousseau

Director of Strategic Planning for New Ventures, Altus Dental

Jennifer Rousseau

Jennifer is the Director of Strategic Planning for New Ventures at Altus Dental and manages the corporate venture initiatives for the company and its sister companies through their fund, Altus Ventures. In addition to her role with Altus, she is responsible for strategic planning for Chewsi, the free dental app that helps patients realize significant savings from a participating dentist. She analyzes emerging industry trends and recommends expansion opportunities, partnerships, and business process improvement.

Annette Tonti

Managing Director, RIHub

Annette Tonti

Annette is Managing Director of RIHub, Rhode Island’s Innovation Hub. Over the past 20 years she has founded 3 high-tech startups and raised over $30M from Venture and Angels in our region. She is a pioneer in the online advertising and mobile markets. Early in her career she worked with Fortune 1000 businesses, ran a global program for the MIT Media Labs and headed up operations for a global telecommunications consultancy. She is a recognized leader at the intersection of technology and business model possibilities. Her strengths include customer growth, online advertising and marketing, leveraging emerging technology for new product development, and Software as a Service (SaaS) innovations.

Zachary Weinberger

Partner, Sprout CoWorking

Zachary Weinberger

Zachary is a founding partner of Sprout CoWorking, providing services to businesses and organizations in Rhode Island, the North East and Worldwide. In addition, he is the Managing Consultant of Remuneration Resources, a business consulting firm helping employers develop and implement pay and incentive programs and HR business processes. Zachary’s experience includes over 30 years working as an executive and internal consultant in major global corporations and as an external expert supporting smaller organizations as they address a full range of engagement and development issues. He has been responsible for cultural and employee related due diligence and integration in M&A and other deal activities. His practical experience is complimented by a Masters in Industrial and Labor Relations, a JD, and an MBA in Finance. He serves on a variety of community boards including the Greater Providence YMCA, the Providence Community Library and the Town of Warren Economic Development Board. He has taught compensation, organizational development, and management at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Working with the Rhode Island Business Competition give’s Zachary joy and the opportunity to learn and to share what he has learned.

Executive Director

Beth Carter
Beth Carter

Beth has been the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Business Competition since September 2019. Beth is an entrepreneur who has launched solo or with business partners four companies over the course of her career. Presently she is the President and Founder of Beth Carter Enterprises, a thriving business providing workshops and presentations, executive, business, and career coaching, and the DISC, Motivators, and 360 assessments. Beth is a recognized speaker and trainer/facilitator on a wide variety of topics, including leadership, personal branding, communications, and team building and serves as a “thought partner” for business leaders of small and Fortune 500 companies, business owners, and those that want to have more fulfilling careers.

Beth also is the President of Carter Consultants Ltd., an international executive search firm she founded in 1991. Previously, she worked in the Executive Search practice of two of the Big Four accounting firms and a global executive search firm.

She is a Certified Professional Coach and an Adjunct Professor at Bryant University for both the undergraduate program and the Executive Development Center as well as at Roger Williams University. Beth is a blogger and has also published numerous articles for various publications and websites and has co-written a book.

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