2014: A Look in the Rearview Mirror / by Peter DiStefano

The progression from one year to the next always makes us at DBCRI nostalgic.  As is tradition, we will take a look back at the year to remember the moments that made it great.

2014, here’s to you!  Thanks for the memories!

DBCRI Top Accomplishments from 2014:
(in no particular order)

BUILDING STAFF.  Our people are our greatest asset and treasure.  In 2014, DBCRI added 3 new staff members:  Kristin, Justin, and Tony.  Each person fills an important role within our organization and we could not function without them.  So proud to call these new team members family!

BUILDING SKILL.  With each year, we strive to get better and better at our craft.  This involves keeping up with current trends, processes, and products.  4 DBCRI staff members were trained in the sales and installation of large format tiles in September.  We were the first vendors in Rhode Island to learn this process.  We are proud that we went through this process and can offer this new option to our clients.  Similarly, several of our staff members are trained in Age in Place design, a design strategy that allows people to stay in their homes as their needs change with age. In January, I participate in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Babson College.  This program helped me step back and clarify my goals and the direction of DBCRI.  

BUILDING RECOGNITION.  Winning the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Chamber Choice Award:  Rookie of the Year in January was a highlight.  Receiving this recognition for the hard work that we do was so special. A night to remember!  (PS.  We are nominated for another award in 2015- visit the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce website to vote!)

BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS.  We increase our capacity to meet our clients’ need when we form relationships with local businesses that complement what we do.  Partnering with Fresh Nest Color and Design, Experience Real Estate, Robyn Ivy Photography, Heather Webster Photography, and others has been an absolute joy.  Thank you to all of the people that support us so that we can serve our clients.

BUILDING CAPACITY.  Our new Main St. location.  Adding 2 new company vans to our fleet.  These investments help us increase our capacity for serving our clients and community.  We worked hard and were very fortunate in 2014.  Increasing our capacity to serve is part of our business strategy, in both the short term and the long term.  We promise to run our business with sustainability and growth in mind; we want to be around for a long long time!

We are looking forward to a happy and healthy 2015!  Thank you for being part of the DBCRI family.  We will see you next year!

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Peter J. DiStefano