Champion For Industry Award

Meet David Chenevert, our October 2019 Winner


David Chenevert

Executive Director, Rhode Island Manufacturers Association 

Three weeks after selling his business, Swissline Precision Manufacturing, Inc., and starting to enjoy his retirement, Chenevert was appointed as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Manufacturing Association (RIMA) and hasn't looked back since.

Now, three years into his leadership at RIMA, Chenevert continues to guide members on a path to success by advocating for manufacturing across Rhode Island, offering hands-on, educational opportunities to member businesses, and growing the association from only 40 to 300 members. 

Keeping Manufacturing Careers in Mind for Students, Dave Chenevert Wins Champion for Industry


In addition to his work with the manufacturers of today, Chenevert also dedicates his time to preparing the industry leaders of tomorrow through We Make Rhode Island. He and the other co-founders "felt it was important for us to educate the educators, guidance counselors, parents, and students of the great careers that are available in manufacturing," he explains. "It's important that the youth of today understand that not everyone needs to go to college to be successful."

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