Three busi­ness lead­ers con­nected to Clarenville-Bon­av­ista re­gion among ‘Top 50 CEOs’ in Atlantic Canada

Lisa Browne, John Nor­man, and Patsy Trem­blett-De Nillo hon­oured

The Packet (Clarenville) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MARK SQUIBB THE PACKET

ST. JOHN’S, NL — Lisa Browne, Stella’s Circle CEO and for­mer Clarenville Town Deputy Mayor, John Nor­man, chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer and man­ag­ing part­ner of Bon­av­ista Liv­ing and Bon­av­ista Cre­ative, and Patsy Trem­blett-Di Nillo, pres­i­dent and CEO of Prima In­for­ma­tion So­lu­tions Inc., were all awarded a place on the Atlantic Busi­ness Mag­a­zine’s Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada awards list for 2017.

They re­ceived their awards at an event in St. John’s on May 17.

“I ac­cept it more as an award for the com­pany than a per­sonal award. It’s re­ally an award for the whole man­age­ment team and staff … it’s a team award,” Nor­man ex­plained to The Packet.

Nor­man’s so­cial en­ter­prise is in­volved in a va­ri­ety of ar­eas in the Bon­av­ista area in­clud­ing restor­ing her­itage struc­tures for res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial and artis­tic pur­poses.

“There was some re­ally stiff com­pe­ti­tion and sig­nif­i­cant nom­i­na­tions that were made, so I feel quite hon­oured to be se­lected for the top 50.”

Browne says she was thrilled Stella’s Circle was rec­og­nized in this way. She says the staff is amaz­ing at work­ing with peo­ple, which is per­haps why the not-for-profit was rec­og­nized.

“You don’t al­ways have not­for-profit com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions rec­og­nized, and I think for me that was a re­ally im­por­tant thing,” she told The Packet.

She ref­er­enced her time on Clarenville coun­cil as a con­tribut­ing fac­tor to the lead­er­ship suc­cess with Stella’s Circle. Browne moved to St. John’s from Clarenville three years ago.

“Mu­nic­i­pal politics was an ex­cel­lent train­ing ground … if any­body is look­ing to in­crease their lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties then they might want to think about run­ning in Septem­ber.”

And fit­tingly enough, May 18 was the 22nd an­niver­sary of Stella’s Circle’s in­cor­po­ra­tion.

Trem­blett-Di Nillo, was also hon­oured as one of the top 50 CEOs. She’s orig­i­nally from Bon­av­ista. Prima In­for­ma­tion So­lu­tions Inc. is a com­pany that started in IT sup­port, and deals with field of records and in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment, based out of St. John’s but has clients all over the coun­try.

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