“You’ve nurtured new ideas and spread the wealth in the doing but your success overwhelmed you,” writes Cary Collins, accountancy faculty member and director of the Center for Business Education Innovation, in a guest column about Rhode Island that was posted on Providence Business News’ website on Nov. 17. “You created shipping ports, textile industries and jewelry empires. You were THE jewelry empire! The “times they were a changing” even as you enjoyed world renown. And the ‘300-year-old rocker’ didn’t see it coming. The ‘lively business experiment’ was ending and you curried favor with every faction. You weren’t true to your heritage.”
Read more from Collins’ guest column, Rhody makeover: Focus on 21st-century industries.