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Dale's Corner

This blog is written by Dale J. Venturini, President/CEO of RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) and RI Hospitality Education Foundation (RIHEF). Its purpose is to engage RIHA members with current issues and trends.

Dale J. Venturini

President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association

I’ve written extensively about the need to collaborate with organizations that share the same business interests. Whether a business partner’s mission is within your organization’s focus or completely out of the box, creating alliances is critically important to the growth and sustainability of an organization.

While some partnerships might seem natural, it is often those who are not the obvious choice that wind up becoming the strongest allies.

The RI Hospitality Association is part of the Rhode Island Business Coalition, a group of 14 disparate businesses with a similar mission, to make the state’s business climate more competitive. While the state is moving in the right direction with unemployment numbers decreasing, the size of the state’s labor force continues to decline by relatively large margins, and the economic growth rate continues below levels necessary to recover from the economic downturn. The Coalition’s mission is to try and find ways to address these concerns.

While each organization’s interests are not necessarily aligned, we all come together to focus our joint attention on the state’s economy and to study the issues at hand in order to provide viable economic solutions. In the process, we get to learn from each other and understand our similarities rather than our differences.

From the hospitality industry, to the building trades, chambers of commerce, manufacturing organizations, accountants, small business and defense organizations, the Coalition represents an excellent cross section of our local economy. While we don’t always agree, we do work together to try and find solutions to the issues that affect every business segment in the state.

Working within the coalition, we are able to better understand the full scope of issues that affect the economy and get into the nitty gritty of each member’s position. There have been instances in which my organization does not agree with the Coalition, and in that case, I am able to take a neutral position while still respecting the opinion of the Coalition. We have also never had a member fight against the group’s recommendation.  Even when we don’t all agree on a position, we are able to remain neutral.

Mutual respect among members helps us to stand in unity together, form alliances and adhere to an ‘agree to disagree’ stance when warranted. Staying true to the intent of working together to find equitable solutions helps everyone stay focused on the task at hand.

Further, gaining exposure to the issues that affect other industries helps each of us have better perspective on the state of the economy as a whole. Without the influence of other groups, it is easy to take a myopic view on issues and really hone in on those that only affect our own industry and constituents.

The bottom line is that we all need to be open to new alliances and partnerships. Moving outside of your organization’s comfort zone has myriad benefits in terms of understanding the bigger picture and learning from different points of view. As diverse as each of the organizations within the Coalition are, we all have a common goal – to improve Rhode Island’s overall economic picture. Each business is savvy enough to understand that a rising tide will float all boats.


List of Articles
No. Subject Author Date
39 ‘Tis the Season of Giving Managing GroupMonika Sep 20, 2018
Hope everyone had a wonderful summer filled with rest, relaxation and rejuvenation and is now raring to go! We are fully in the season of giving – no, not the holidays – but, an even more stressful time of the year, the political season. Now...  
38 That’s a Legislative Wrap! file Managing GroupMonika Aug 16, 2018
After a marathon session of debates and a flurry of votes, Rhode Island’s General Assembly has adjourned for the summer. With hundreds of bills in the mix, the RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) spent countless hours carefully monitoring each...  
37 Summer in New England: Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard file Managing GroupMonika Jul 05, 2018
When many of us think about summer vacations, we think about jumping on a plane and traveling to a far-off destination. However, for those of us who are fortunate enough to live in New England, there’s no need to venture too far to enjoy som...  
36 Our Next Generation of Culinary Stars: Cooking and Planning Their Hearts Out file Managing GroupMonika Jun 11, 2018
Recently, Providence, RI hosted the National ProStart® Invitational (NPSI), the country’s premier secondary-school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. We had some wonderful judges visit from all over the nation as...  
35 Swimming Down “STREAM” Managing GroupMonika May 15, 2018
Education is truly the foundation of success no matter what career path you choose. Some learning is done in traditional classrooms, and more practical experience is gained in the thick of it in a restaurant or hotel kitchen, lodging establi...  
34 The #MeToo Movement is More than a Hashtag file Managing GroupMonika Mar 02, 2018
While the #MeToo movement has become synonymous with the entertainment industry, its reach is far deeper than the bright lights and golden statues of Hollywood. From politics, to business, to manufacturing, to hospitality, the potential for ...  
33 “We are made of star-stuff. Our bodies are made of star-stuff. There are pieces of star within us all.” file Managing GroupMonika Jan 02, 2018
“We are made of star-stuff. Our bodies are made of star-stuff. There are pieces of star within us all.” – Carl Sagan There is no greater honor for me each year then to be part of our industry’s largest celebration! Each November, I look forw...  
32 Paid Sick Leave Passes RI Legislature file Managing GroupMonika Oct 10, 2017
In September, both the Rhode Island House and Senate passed legislation that will require companies to give employees paid sick leave. Although the RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) is generally opposed to mandates that impact the employer-e...  
31 When did ‘Entry Level’ become Negative? file Managing GroupMonika Sep 19, 2017
If there is one theme that has dominated the political landscape in Rhode Island for the last decade, it is without a doubt jobs and the economy. Though we have seen a rise in the local economy since the recession, talk of job creation still...  
30 Taking the High Road – the Road Less Traveled file Managing GroupMonika Jul 24, 2017
Normal 0 false false false EN-US KO AR-SA Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association It is increasingly difficult to take the high road in today’s poli...  
29 Paid Sick Leave – it’s Nothing to Sneeze at Managing GroupRIHA May 08, 2017
In Rhode Island and across the nation, we’ve seen a host of legislation introduced by out-of-state special interest groups that have squarely targeted the hospitality industry. From eliminating the federal tipped wage, to raising minimum wag...  
28 Buying Local for the Holidays Managing GroupMonika Nov 15, 2016
The holiday season is fast approaching…from a retail perspective, it seems to come earlier and earlier each year. While I was shopping for Halloween candy this year, I was sidestepping Christmas trees, holiday decorations and specialty choco...  
27 The Cost of ‘Chip’ Cards and Protecting Against Fraud Managing GroupMonika Oct 04, 2016
By Dale Venturini, President and CEO, R.I Hospitality Association  Many of us currently have an EMV credit or debit card – also known as a ‘chip’ card. These safer versions of the traditional magnetic-strip cards were designed to prot...  
26 Gluten is Not Free in Restaurants file Managing GroupMonika Sep 01, 2016
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association We all know people who struggle with food allergies. From peanut butter, to shellfish, to strawberries, to dairy, the idea of dining out when one has a food allergy can be an ...  
25 Managing a Better Future file Managing GroupMonika Jun 30, 2016
The hospitality industry is a continuously growing segment of the U.S. economic picture. This year alone, the restaurant industry is expected to realize $783 billion in sales and employ 14.4 million in good-paying jobs, according to the N...  
» Partnerships – They’re Not Always the Obvious Choice file Managing GroupMonika Jun 06, 2016
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association I’ve written extensively about the need to collaborate with organizations that share the same business interests. Whether a business partner’s mission is within your organizat...  
23 How Important is a Proactive Crisis Plan? Your Business Could Depend on it. Managing GroupMonika May 05, 2016
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association   With the spate of negative media headlines surrounding restaurants that have experienced foodborne or human-contact illness, it is critically important that every eatin...  
22 Where Have the Teens Gone? file Managing GroupMonika Apr 04, 2016
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association It used to be that almost every teenager had a job in the hospitality industry. With flexible hours and class-friendly scheduling, our industry was the perfect landing spot for h...  
21 The Real Cost of Foodborne Illness file Managing GroupMonika Feb 02, 2016
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association Our food supply system, while infinitely safer and better regulated than most other parts of the world, still has its challenges. We’ve all seen the headlines and recalls from E....  
20 “Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.” file Managing GroupMonika Dec 30, 2015
“Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.” – Les Brown Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association  As we close out another year and ring in 2016, I have been fortunate to once again cele...