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by | Nov 21, 2023

by | Nov 21, 2023

It’s Thanksgiving week in the United States. As the Polaris MEP team preps to be out of the office on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24, we’re feeling a little reflective and a whole lot grateful.

Read on for the thoughts of several team members who shared what they’re grateful for this year.


Matt Watson, Center Director: My family and I moved to Rhode Island in March. We are so grateful for the welcome we’ve been given by RI.
Chris Cinieri, Project Manager / Quality Lead: This holiday season, I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with companies who are emerging triumphantly from the hardships of the past few years. Manufacturing is such an important part of our state’s economy, our state succeeds when manufacturing succeeds.
Tiffany Jordan, Events Coordinator: I’m grateful for the incredible collaboration within our team and for the enriching partnerships with organizations like CCRI and JARC RI, dedicated to empowering individuals in their career journeys. But let’s not forget the simple things, like the delicious local products, such as Barrett’s Garden, that bring joy to our lives.
Kayla Viveiros, Programs Manager / Supply Chain Lead: I want to thank NIST MEP for their unwavering support, which has been instrumental in empowering us at Polaris MEP to deliver impactful and innovative solutions to our local manufacturers.
Joe Malachowski, Project Manager / Quality: I’m thankful for the many blessings I’ve been given, too many to list here. And I’m grateful for the opportunity to help Rhode Island companies improve and to grow.

Rob Chipman, Project Manager / Specialist Resource Network Lead:I’m thankful for the teamwork and learning culture at our company. We value each other’s opinions and learn from every project. Joining this company has helped me grow in many ways.

It’s rewarding to see our clients succeed and know we contributed. This work is more than just a job; it’s a shared mission.

Taylor Greene, Program Manager /RI MADE Lead: I am thankful for the chance to network with manufacturers within the state on a regular basis. Touring facilities and connecting with employees makes every day new and exciting and allows me to continue learning to be a better partner to our manufacturers.

Unrelated, serving #MadeInRI Wright’s Dairy Farm pastries as always!

Aarin Clemons, Workforce Manager: 2023 has been a transformative year for our organization and I am grateful to be a part of a team that is so dedicated to making our industry a robust and sought after one for Rhode Island Residents to join.
Lindsey Brickle, Director of Workforce & Community Partnerships: I am Grateful that we have so many wonderful partners helping us to get people into careers that can support their families, as well as Manufacturers that help us ensure we are training for high growth careers in RI!
Erin Read, Marketing Lead: This is the week I’m especially thankful for those who produce awesome food & beverages. I’ll be pouring cocktails with Rhodium Vodka, thanking hosts with Anchor Toffee gifts, enjoying a lazy Friday morning with a mug of Dave’s Coffee


What are YOU grateful for? We’d love to know! Email us at info@polarismep.org and we’ll share your comments as an update to this post.

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