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Published 10/06/14

Work hard and get involved: Joseph R. Beretta '78 MBA

Joseph R. BerettaJoseph R. Beretta ’78 MBA lives by a simple, yet significant, credo: Always be honest with everyone in your business and professional life, and stay close to your family.

Beretta is President and Chief Financial Officer of Robinson Green Beretta (RGB), one of Rhode Island’s most prestigious architectural, engineering, and interior design firms. He joined RGB in 1973 as a recent college graduate, and was named president in 1997.

When accepting his Distinguished Alumnus—Graduate School Alumni Achievement Award this past March, Beretta said, “After I graduated from college my father said, ‘Come work for us for three weeks.’” Then the company controller was leaving. “I said, ‘I don’t have an accounting background.’” His father said he could learn accounting while getting his MBA at Bryant. “I’ve been there 41 years now,” Beretta quipped. “So much for my three weeks.”

As an MBA student, he found Bryant appealing, in no small part because of its strong reputation and evening classes. He enjoyed interacting with fellow students on projects as well as with other business professionals. As CEO of his company, he continues to be impressed by Bryant graduates and their accomplishments.

“Work hard at your profession and get involved in charitable and civic organizations,” Beretta advises students.

Beretta’s own civic engagement includes service as board chair of Navigant Credit Union and as a board member of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. He has also served the University as a member of the Bryant Leadership Council and, as a sponsor of the President’s Cup Golf Tournament, he indulges in golf, one of his beloved hobbies.