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Carousel Industries
Business Champion

Nov. 13, 2013

Carousel Industries Business Champion | CCRI's annual Changing Lives Celebration is Dec. 12 Jeff Gardner, CEO of Carousel Industries.

Carousel Industries will receive the distinction of Business Champion during CCRI's annual Changing Lives Celebration on Dec. 12.

Headquartered in Exeter, Carousel Industries is a technology solutions integrator focused on helping customers solve IT problems that drive continued business growth. The company’s solutions address many areas including voice, mobility, visual communications, data networks, unified communications and managed services. What sets Carousel apart is its consultative approach, deep technical expertise and extensive industry partnerships. As a growing business, Carousel is often looking for new employees with strong technical skills, and several of the recent technical and accounting hires have come from the Community College of Rhode Island.

“Our experience is that everyone who comes to us from CCRI has strong communication skills … whether they’re in finance, accounting or a technical role,” said Richard Houlihan, technical director at Carousel Industries. “We find that they’re able to work in a team or group environment and we find that the business etiquette is there right out of college and as soon as we hire them. That’s not always the case with college-age employees or new hires that we bring in.”

The company has hired 20 CCRI alumni in the last year, mostly to work as technicians and field engineers. These are graduates skilled in technologies such as VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), video and data infrastructure. Other CCRI hires have worked in accounting.

Although Carousel has an international reach, it is staying connected to its local roots through community service work and a close partnership with CCRI. Carousel has worked with CCRI on several executive education programs, including an A-Plus training program in the spring of this year and a CCRI workshop on management skills called the “Three R’s of Management.”

As the technology industry continues to change, Houlihan said his company will stay abreast of new trends as well as keep CCRI informed about what modern businesses are looking for in new employees. In short, Carousel is committed to keeping up with the ever-changing technology industry just as CCRI is committed to keeping up with the ever-changing employment needs of businesses.

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