It all started at the Brimfield Antique Market when, Cindy Bogart, a former Better Homes & Gardens editor, tried to get antique dealers’ website addresses in order to contact them after the show. What she got were interesting conversations where she learned about antiques, heard stories from the old timers and made a few friends along the way. Most shared phone numbers and addresses but many did not have a website.  At the same time, she and her husband were doing their own home renovation and could not find local restoration sources as well.

It was clear. There was no where to find vendors and trades in the vintage and old home arena.

Cindy reached out to the head of Rhode Island’s SBA-supported Women’s Business Center, Mary Gervais, whose passion had always been helping small business owners succeed.  They teamed up and founded Artisans List with their first office at the corner table by the fireplace in Felicia’s Coffee Shop in East Greenwich, RI. There they formulated their vision:  To create a vetted resource directory-magazine where small businesses and people could connect, share and learn how to use methods, materials and values from the past in refreshingly new and useful ways.

Leadership Team

Ganesh Rangarajan
Chief Executive Officer
Ganesh never thought he would be an old-house owner. And here he was, three years ago making a bid on a 1780’s built Farmhouse and Barnhouse in the Greater Boston area and not quite knowing what he was getting into. It has been a labor of love, from working on the never ending list of small projects to bringing in two tons of pellets every winter to keep the barn heated. But it has been worth it. Ganesh spent his career building businesses that span marketing, technology, and strategy. From building his first grid computing startup, Vegam, to growing an early stage content management startup, Bridgeline (BLIN), open source consultancy, Fusion (now EPAM), and to his most recent venture building an advertising agency, dSquaredX, Ganesh loves bringing together passionate people, setting a vision, and getting everyone to row together to achieve their goals. Ganesh spent a decade on the leadership teams at Perficient (PRFT) and SapientNitro (now Publicis) and earlier led technology groups at Intergraph and Fidelity Investments.     Favorite House Restoration:   c. 1780 Farmhouse
Cindy Bogart
Co-Founder & Product Visionary, Editor in Chief
A former regional editor for Better Homes & Gardens Publications and the daughter of serial fixer uppers, Cindy began her life in antique stores, salvage warehouses and house hunting for the next house with her Mom, an Interior Designer and Dad, an Engineer. A native New Yorker, Cindy and her family moved to Newport, RI where they have an old ‘new’ house, kitchen gardens and the beach 2 miles away. Favorite House Restoration: c. 1906 Stanford White house c. 1919 Carrère & Hastings house
Mary Gervais
Co-Founder & Head of Sales & Brand Partnerships
Mary Gervais is a business, marketing and strategic planning consultant who specializes in entrepreneurship. Her first start-up was BB’s Bagels & Bread, which she owned and operated for 7 years. As a former SBDC staff consultant and as the Director of the Rhode Island Women’s Business, Mary has helped hundreds of women start, build and grow their businesses. Growing up in an 1840s cobblestone home that her family renovated for 10 years led to Mary's interest in old homes. Favorite House Restoration: c. 1840 Cobblestone House
Sterling Vernon
Head of Marketing
Sterling could not avoid being an old house owner. Born in Salt Lake City to a pair of ambitious home renovators and architects, he grew up visiting his grandparents’ 1886 Queen Anne Victorian in industrial New Britain, CT and family colonial houses in historic Litchfield and Madison, CT. He currently lives in an evolving 1750’s Federal Colonial in Cumberland, RI with his wife and two children. He still cuts his own grass, tends an herb garden,hand-glazes his own windows, does the family cooking, and loves vintage cars. Favorite House Restoration: c. 1750 Farmhouse
In the News

May 7, 2020 – AmericanInno:  Aristisans List is connecting homeowners with fixer-upper resources

January 2, 2020 – AmericanInno — Meet Rhode Island Inno’s Third Annual Inno on Fire Award Winners

May 15, 2019 – Mass Challenge. org – MassChallenge Rhode Island Announces 2019 Cohort

May 15, 2019 – Providence Business News  – 13 R.I. entrepreneurs chosen for MassChallenge business accelerator

May 9, 2019 – Business News Daily –  How to Successfully Build a Business in a Niche Market

May 9, 2019 –  Providence Business News — Five Questions With: Cindy Bogart