Antonio Mancini purchases the Providence Beverage Company, a Rhode Island beer distribution business. Through hard work and dedication, Antonio grew his business inspired by the trademark philosophy: "It if is to be, it's up to me."
The Mancini Companies diversify into flooring with the purchase of Ballou Johnson Nichols, a Rhode Island Armstrong distributor. Following this initial investment, we made more than 6 additional acquisitions to consolidate the Armstrong distribution network in the North East.
The beverage businesses launch Centrex, a revolutionary joint venture shipping and logistics platform, becoming a leader in efficient route to market.
The flooring and beverage businesses grow organically and through aggressive acquisition; and a third generation of family members take leadership positions in the businesses.
The beverage business launches in Connecticut, being appointed the Red Bull distributor for that market.
Rhode Island Distributing partners with Martignetti Companies to strengthen its positioning in the wine and spirits markets.
The floor covering platform expands into Metro New York and New Jersey with the purchase of Patriot Hardwood.
The Belknap White Group strategically invests in JJ Haines, partnering to align a flooring distribution platform spanning Maine through Florida.
Raymond Mancini, Sr.
Raymond is a founding family member with an entrepreneurial spirit and strong foundation in family. Raymond built the early beverage distribution business side by side with his father, Antonio Mancini, and later diversified his model into other areas, including flooring distribution and real estate investment.
Raymond exhibits a dedication to community, particularly related to education. Among other charitable commitments, he and his wife Ann have established a scholarship and a professorship at Boston College, as well as endowing the Mancini Family Foundation. Raymond has been a member on the boards of several non-profits, including Roger Williams Hospital and Boston College Law School.
Raymond served in the United States Army, where he trained and mobilized for the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. He holds a BA and MBA from Boston College. Raymond has 4 children and 10 grandchildren.
Kenneth Mancini, Sr.
Ken is a third-generation family member committed to leveraging local market expertise and operational efficiency to deliver superior results. Ken has served as President of our beverage businesses since 1998. Ken received his BS in Economics from Boston College in 1983. Ken is an avid surfer, perpetually in search of the perfect wave.
Raymond Mancini, Jr.
Ray is a third-generation family member passionate about innovation and excellence in customer experiences. Ray served as President of The Belknap White Group from 2002 to 2016, and is now the company’s CEO responsible for its strategic direction and long-term success. Ray spent his undergraduate years at Boston College and later completed an MBA at Bryant University. His favorite hobbies include golf, poker, chess, and cooking.
Debbie is a third-generation family member and our leader for family office and family governance activities. Deb also provides HR expertise and support to the operating companies. Deb received her BS in Marketing and Human Resources from Boston College in 1981. As an active alumnus, Deb serves on the Council for Women at Boston College, and has in the past served on several Boston College Alumni Committees.