Hinckley CEO DiSchino remembered

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Described by friends and co-workers as sincere, a consummate professional and a leader, The Hinckley Company president and CEO Gerard “Gerry” DiSchino died suddenly March 10 at his home in Saunderstown, R.I. He was 50.

Described by friends and co-workers as sincere, a consummate professional and a leader, The Hinckley Company president and CEO Gerard “Gerry” DiSchino died suddenly March 10 at his home in Saunderstown, R.I. He was 50.

“Gerry exemplified professionalism and leadership in everything he was involved with,” says Chris Ruhling, general manager of Brewer Yacht Yard in Cowesett, R.I., and vice president of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association. DiSchino was president. “He had the profound and unique ability to make you want to be a better person both personally and professionally.”

DiSchino joined The Hinckley Company in January 2000 as executive vice president and general manager of its subsidiary, the Ted Hood Company. In 2002 he was promoted to president of the Hinckley Yacht Services Division. A year later he was named chief operating officer and was responsible for the company’s five service and boatbuilding operations in Trenton, Maine. By September 2004 DiSchino took the helm as CEO.

“It’s just a sad, sad thing,” says Nancy Austin, Hinckley’s director of marketing. “He was a great guy to work for.”

Hinckley chairman of the board and former CEO Ralph Willard will serve in DiSchino’s capacity until a replacement is found, according to the company.

DiSchino is survived by his wife, Robin; and his children Lindsay, Daniel and Meredith, according to his obituary. Contributions can be made to the DiSchino Children Scholarship Fund, c/o 60 Beauchamp Drive, Saunderstown, R.I.02874. For more information, go to www.gerrydischino.com .