IYRS

IYRS School of Technology and Trades recently hosted the 3rd Annual Mastering the Craft Summer Series Roundtable in Newport, RI.  The roundtable discussion, which shined the spotlight on the importance of the work and accomplishments of a variety of craftspeople and technicians, provided attendees insight into the worlds of esteemed makers and craftspeople.

Roundtable discussion topics centered around the biggest threat to craftsmanship, the digital age in the workplace, and staying relevant as a craftsman. The following craftspeople were among the roundtable participants:

o   Rhett Butler, Founder, E.R. Butler & Co.

o   Clint Clemens, Commercial Photographer

o   Warren Barker, Senior Instructor, IYRS School of Boatbuilding & Restoration

o   Jeffrey Greene, Owner, the Ball and Claw (Fine Furniture-Making) in Newport, RI

o   Eric Goetz, Founder, Goetz Composites

o   Richard “Chip” Benson, Builder and Restoration Expert

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.