David Chenevert | Rhode Island Commerce


Dave Chenevert was named Executive Director of Rhode Island Manufacturers Association in January of 2017; he joined RIMA as a board member in 2013.

Upon taking the helm, Dave created a bold strategic plan and set aggressive goals for the organization. Under his leadership, RIMA has experienced explosive growth and statewide recognition. He works closely with stakeholders and members in the manufacturing community, supply chain and supporting industries. Dave successfully led key initiatives throughout his tenure including expanding the Board of Directors to include the first woman and launching the state’s first ever Manufacturing Advisory Council. RIMA’s Advisory Council includes leadership from some of the largest companies in Rhode Island who serve in an advisory capacity providing support to smaller manufacturers. Dave also launched the popular RIMA Summit – a series of events and seminars that bring congressional, state and business leaders to the table to work in partnership with the manufacturing community. He also led the effort to launch a new interactive website that features members and partners for the organization.

Dave has a strong background in manufacturing and running his own business. He purchased Swissline Products, a precision CNC contract manufacturer with four full time employees and with sales under $200,000. When he sold the business in 2016, it had transitioned to a multi-million-dollar operation with 65 employees and 70 CNC machines with a formidable presence in the medical and aerospace industries and the largest Tsugami CNC-Swiss operation in North America.

Dave recently reorganized the Rhode Island Business Coalition to bring industry leaders back to the table and in 2017, was appointed by Governor Raimondo to serve on the Governor’s Workforce Board and Davies Vocational Executive Board. In 2019, Dave was appointed to the Career and Technical Education Board of Trustees to support Rhode Island workforce programs and training. In 2012, he led the effort to create the Manufacturing Skills Initiative for Rhode Island – formed by a group of business owners to end the skills gap and expand opportunities in advanced manufacturing; today he serves as the Chairperson of what is now known as WeMakeRI/ RI Manufacturers Institute – (RIMI). In 2021, he was selected as one of Rhode Island’s Top 10 most influential leaders by Providence Business News.

He served five consecutive terms on the Cumberland Town Council (two as Council President). He attended Providence College and received his BA from the University of Rhode Island.

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