Published 11/19/14

Bryant alumni who work at Collette

Just a few of Bryant's alumni who are employees of Collette. Standing are (L-R) Jeni Wilson '96 MBA, Shelly McCann '87, Lynn Homer '95, Timothy Carroll '13, Laura Schmeltz '92, Amanda Packer '12, and Robert Colucci '10 MBA. Seated are (L-R) Stephanie Mirando '09, Dominic Pirri '14, John Galvin '91 MBA, Rachel Kennett '88, and William Dziura '83. Not pictured: Kelly Frantz '10, '15 MBA.

Now boarding – Collette and Bryant

When you ask employees why they love working at Collette, they will invariably tell you that they feel like they're part of a family.

"The Sullivan family (owners of Collette) are really charitable people and are involved in the community," says John Galvin '91 MBA, chief financial officer and member of the Board of Directors. "Giving back is a big part of the Collette culture, and I'm very appreciative of that fact."

Bryant graduates "fit our culture of positive attitude and conscientious work ethic perfectly."

Founded in 1918 by Jack Collette right after World War I, the Collette story is one of "hard work and a passion for travel." Collette grew his travel business from a jitney bus exploring the East Coast to tours throughout New England into Canada. When he sold the business to Dan Sullivan, Sr. – a WWII veteran who worked in the same building – in 1962, it was still fairly small.

"Our first office was so tiny that if you took a step backwards, you fell down an open hole that was stairs to the basement," says Alice I. Sullivan, chairperson of the Collette Board. "Now we are a worldwide company with offices in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom."

From Collette's first alumni hire in 1992 – William Dziura '83, now executive vice president of information technology – the company saw the star power present in so many Bryant alumni. "We definitely seek Bryant alumni," says Jeni Wilson '96 MBA, vice president of human resources at Collette. "We've found that they fit our culture of positive attitude and conscientious work ethic perfectly. Bryant alumni all seem to be committed to lifelong learning, which is important in this changing environment."

A regular recipient of one of the "Best Places to Work in Rhode Island" in the 150–499 employee category by Providence Business News in conjunction with Best Companies Group, Collette strives to maintain a culture of caring for others. With close to 20 Bryant alumni employees, Bryant and Collette work well together.