The Considines make a family gift to the Convocation Center.
Profile in Giving
By Maria V. Caliri '86, M.B.A. '92
The Considines Family Ties
Go, Rams! Go! The chant is contagious, and in the new Convocation Center's 8,000-seat basketball arena, its intimidating echoes will enhance URI's home-court advantage.
Thanks to the generosity of the Considine family--William "Bill" Sr., William "Bill" Jr. '55 (left in photo), and Robert "Bob" '60 (right)--URI is closer to realizing its $15 million private fund-raising goal for the new facility. Through a combined gift of artwork and a three-year cash pledge, the Considines contributed more than $200,000 to the project.
A longtime supporter of the University and its Department of Athletics, Bob, who earned a bachelor's degree in English, has served his alma mater in a wide range of capacities, from URI Foundation vice president to Athletic Council member. As a veteran season ticket holder, he eagerly awaits the new venue. "It will greatly impact recruiting. You can take prospects to the Providence Civic Center, but it has never been ours. We can take ownership of the Convocation Center," he said.
Bill Jr., who holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, shares both his brother's enthusiasm for the project and his strong feelings for the University. "My years spent at URI were the best of my life. I made lifelong friends," he said. "The University just didn't give me a diploma. It gave me the opportunity to advance in life."
The strongest influence, however, in the Considine brothers' lives is their father Bill Sr. After a successful, decades-long career as an executive at the former Narragansett Brewery in Cranston, R.I., the elder Considine did not rest on his laurels. Instead, he began a whole new career at age 63 at Narragansett Capital, a small business investment company established by his good friend, the late Royal Little, founder of Textron, Inc. There Bill Sr. accomplished his greatest achievement by attaining the position of executive committee chairman. In this post, he chose those businesses eligible for investment assistance.
With knowledge gained at both the brewery and Narragansett Capital, Considine took a chance with his own start-up, a small liquor distribution company called Wayne Distributing. That was nearly 30 years ago. Today, as the exclusive distributor of Miller beer products in Rhode Island, it is the cornerstone of a Considine family conglomerate that includes C & J Jewelry Corporation in Providence and Photo Systems, Inc., in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The Considine brothers attribute their success in business to their father's entrepreneurial spirit. "We owe everything to dad," commented Bob. Added Bill Jr., "He's not only my father, he's my best friend."
Editor's note: William P. Considine Sr., 94, died at his Narragansett home on August 8. His sons' remarks in this article are a fine tribute to a remarkable man.