Name: James Lehouiller
Job Title: President
Firm Name and Location: DiLeonardo, Warwick, R.I.
Age: 39
Professional Credentials: LEED AP
Education: BS, University of Vermont

At 34, appointed president of interior design firm specializing in the hospitality industry.

Oversees operations in firm’s six offices, including Warwick, R.I., Los Angeles, Dubai, Hong Kong, Manila, and Shanghai. Led expansion into international markets. More than 90% of firm’s work is international.

Transitioned firm into second generation of leadership, shifting roles from founder Robert DiLeonardo to offspring Giani and Lia.

Championing BIM and LEED accreditation. Firm goal: 90% of worldwide employees to earn LEED AP status by year’s end.

Established charitable programs in underdeveloped communities where firm works, including Clean Water for Cabangcalan Project in the Philippines. Firm sponsors “Because I Am a Girl,” a global movement to promote female rights and fight gender inequality.


Founding board member, USGBC Rhode Island chapter.

Honorary Doctorate, Business Administration in Hospitality Management, Johnson and Wales University.

Member, International Advisory Board, Johnson and Wales University.

Off the Clock:

Grew up on a Vermont dairy farm; adept at milking cows.

Secret Life:

Rumored to be descendent of Louis XIV, via one of the Sun King’s mistresses.


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