Giovanni Feroce, who owns the Wyndham Estate in Newport, will address the Executives Association of Rhode Island at its February 21st meeting at noon at the Radisson Hotel in Warwick. Feroce will speak to the group, who are composed of owners and decision makers of their businesses. In accepting the invitation to speak, Feroce said, “The first thing any company owner needs to decide is what size company do they want. Once you’ve answered that question, then you can move to critical thinking and decision making to meet that objective.”

Feroce is Chairman and CEO of BENRUS, and is a corporate executive well known for his public service as a retired combat veteran, RI state senator and former commissioner of the RI State Lottery, where he increased revenue from $58M to $456M in just two years. Leveraging his successful launch of Alex and Ani into an international brand with sales of several hundred million dollars, Feroce undertook the resurrection of BENRUS, and is “putting it on a path to becoming a billion dollar brand”.

The Executives Association of RI is the oldest networking group in the state of RI, and was established in 1939. Members are chosen from a group of industry-leading organizations that provide leads, quality goods, referrals and services to businesses throughout the area. Memberships are category specific and require sponsorship of another member, and are open to companies throughout the state.

This meeting is open to the public with limited seating, and attendance by advanced registration. The event includes a buffet lunch, and is from noon to 1:30pm. More information, and registration by writing to nthomas@tapestrycommunications.com; 401-447-8182; www.RIExecs.com.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).