Mr. Cronin is an accomplished business leader, strategist and manager. He currently serves as the COO for Global Transformation Strategies providing servant leadership coaching and lean project management services. From 2006 thru 2011, John served as the State Director of the RI SBDC facilitating the successful start-up of 156 new businesses and the growth or sustainability of over 2,300 existing businesses. John also served as the CEO / executive Coach of RI Manufacturing Extension Services where his lean/6-sigma teams helped sustain and grow over 600 manufacturers reporting the highest customer satisfaction rate in New England. Previous leadership roles include: executive director of an employment & training board; operations director of an economic innovation center; environmental planner for Aquidneck Island and town planner for North Kingstown. He is currently the RI Chair of SBANE, an active home brewer, and a proud grandfather. John earned a BA degree in economics from Brown and masters in community planning from URI. He currently serves on the Board of Directors.