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Mark Friery, CFO & Co-Founder of CI Works, is an attorney, real estate investor and creative business leader. He has a successful track record for starting and developing small businesses and business partnerships from varying industries, including start-ups, professional services, and a Fortune 500 company. Previous employers include FleetBoston Financial, Bioquest Inc, founder and COO of Dicer Corporation, among others 


Friery holds or has held affiliations with many not-for-profits including a position on the board of directors of both the Greater Newburyport and Amesbury Chambers of Commerce. Mark is also a current board member of the Plum Island Foundation, the Greater Newburyport Eco-Collaborative, and the Newburyport CleanTech Center.


Robert O’Brien, Co-Founder & former CEO of CI Works, was a senior business leader with extensive experience directing business development and growth. O’Brien had proven experience in program development, process re-engineering, full life-cycle global product management, business outsourcing, and team management skills. Previous employers include, Fidelity Investments, Emerging Technologies, Enterprise Utilities, among others.


He was an originating board member and president of the Newburyport Education Foundation, president of the Newburyport CleanTech Center, founding board member of Assoc. of Cleantech Incubators of New England (ACTION), and on the board of the Custom House Maritime Museum in Newburyport.

Bob passed away peacefully on September 29, 2023, surrounded by his immediate family. His leadership and unwavering support of small and mid-sized businesses is dearly missed by the CI Works and local communities.

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