“Brown & Sharpe: The Partnership that Changed the World”
Presented by Ged Carbone
If you ate a Shredded Wheat biscuit or drove a car in the 20th century, you have the inventions of Brown & Sharpe Mfg. Co. to thank for it: they produced the first machine to manufacture Shredded Wheat and the universal grinding machine responsible for the seemingly effortless spin of a car’s wheels. Joseph Brown & Lucian Sharpe — whose inventions inspired Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell– revolutionized technology through a synergistic partnership that changed the world.
Nominations for the 2015-2016 Board Term
Officers Nominated for Term of One Year
James P. Loring, CPA, CFA
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Senior Vice President
Luther W. Spoehr, Ph.D.
Departments of Education and History
Gayle A. Corrigan
Management Resource Partners, Inc.
Alexandra Pezzello, Esq.
Attorney at Law
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP
Trustees Nominated for Initial Term of Three Years
Timothy N. Burditt
Tim recently relocated to Saunderstown, Rhode Island from Saratoga Springs, NY. He has over 30 years of experience in finance, administration and operations with private and public companies in industries including architecture/engineering, software, media, consumer products and investment banking. Tim most recently served as CFO of Market Track, LLC, a Chicago based provider of retail promotion intelligence. Since early spring, Tim has been serving on the RIHS Finance Committee.
Andrew M. Erickson
Andy is a long time member of the Rhode Island Historical Society with a particular interest in genealogical research. He is a retired Director and Senior Executive Vice President of Amica Mutual Insurance Company. Currently, he is President of the Rhode Island Boy Scouts, a trustee organization supporting local Scouting. Since late spring, Andy has been serving on the RIHS Membership and Annual Fund Committee, as well as the Comprehensive Campaign Committee.
Tomas Ramirez, Ph.D.
Tomas recently retired as the Executive Director of Federal Programs at the Providence Public Schools Department. Currently, he is Principal Lead Consultant on Education Leadership Assessments, Education Leadership Associates, Ltd. In 2011, Tomas and Morgan Grefe began working together on the Providence Public School Department’s Teaching American History grant, which provided teacher professional development in American history to more than 60 of Providence’s teachers.
Mary C. Speare
Mary moved to Rhode Island in 1969 when her husband took a teaching job at Brown University. She taught Sociology at Bryant University and Roger Williams College. She worked for 15 years in data analysis at the RI Department of Health and after retiring in 2008, she participated in the RIHS Docent Training. In addition to her work as a docent, Mary has been serving on the RIHS Membership and Annual Fund Committee, as well as the Comprehensive Campaign Committee.
Trustees Nominated for a 2nd Term of Three Years
American Ring Company, Inc.
Trustees Nominated for a Return Term of Three Years
George M. Goodwin, Ph.D.
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