Greenvale Vineyards named Portsmouth ‘Business of the Year’

Employees of Greenvale Vineyards, the Portsmouth Business Association’s 2014 “Business of the Year,” pose for a photo. Photo by Katherine Gagliano. Employees of Greenvale Vineyards, the Portsmouth Business Association’s 2014 “Business of the Year,” pose for a photo. Photo by Katherine Gagliano.

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Business Association (PBA), at its annual meeting Wednesday, named Greenvale Vineyards as Portsmouth’s “2014 Business of the Year.”

Employees of Greenvale Vineyards, the Portsmouth Business Association’s 2014 “Business of the Year,” pose for a photo. Photo by Katherine Gagliano.

Employees of Greenvale Vineyards, the Portsmouth Business Association’s 2014 “Business of the Year,” pose for a photo. Photo by Katherine Gagliano.

“Greenvale Vineyards is a great example of the entrepreneurial spirit required to start and run a small business,” said John C. Farley, PBA president. “Greenvale has become a leader in agriculture and tourism initiatives and an active and highly respected participant in our business community.”

According to PBA, Greenvale has an extensive history of support for a variety of community organizations such such the U.S. Coast Guard, the Boys and Girls Club, the Potter League, Visiting Nurses, the Aquidneck Land Trust, Seaman’s Church Institute and others.

Its owner, Nancy Parker Wilson, has given personal time serving on the Portsmouth Agriculture Committee, the Portsmouth Arts Guild, the Historical Society and most recently the year-long Portsmouth 375th commemoration.

Owners Ms. Wilson and Nancy K. Parker were honored with commemorative items from the PBA, the Portsmouth Rotary Club, the Town of Portsmouth as well as citations from the Rhode Island Senate and House.

The Portsmouth Business of the Year award is given to a business, organization or professional and/or its owner and operator which exemplify the goals and principles of the Rotary Club and the PBA through demonstrated civic service, good standing and reputation in the community.

Also at its annual meeting, held at the Polo Pavilion at Glen Farm, association members elected the following offices: John C. Farley, Newport Wealth Management, president; Katherine Gagliano, Amplify Marketing, vice president; Jeannie S. Ingraham, Century 21 Trend Realty, secretary; and Kara M. Marley, Savings Institute Bank and Trust, treasurer.

The association also elected the following board members at large: Ray Berberick, Small Business Solutions; Sheila Hagen, BankNewport; William E. Clark, Town of Portsmouth; Margaret M. Minichini, Atria Aquidneck Place; Maggie Harnett, Greenvale Vineyards; Cheryl Costa, People’s Credit Union; and John Vitkevich,  Park Ave. Development & Construction.

The guest speaker of the evening was Gary Sasse, who talked about the five qualities that make a good leader.

For more information about PBA, click here.

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