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Rhode Island’s 50 Wealthiest and Most Influential: 50-31

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#31 John Pisan, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Corvias

With over 30 years of real estate professional experience, Pisan has developed Corvias into a major player in group housing.

It began in 1998 when he founded Picerne Military Housing with the goal of significantly improving housing for U.S. military personnel. But that part of the business came under attack.

Picerne’s Corvias has secured a US Army contract with a $1 billion fee.

During a 2019 U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, the families of members of the U.S. military continued to tell stories of substandard housing owned and maintained by the Rhode Island company.

All the while, Pisan was buying mansions and castles in Florida, Ireland, and Rhode Island.

Families reported overcharging, miserable conditions, failure to maintain housing, and, in effect, endangering children with poor health.

Corvias is one of the private military housing companies most cited for dire housing conditions.

“Our military families don’t deserve this after all the sacrifices they’ve made…it’s a crime. The extent of this cover-up is unbelievable,” said the wife of an active-duty Air Force soldier. , Gianna Driver, mother of five children, testified. According to the Stars and Stripes.

Pisan has been a major contributor to elected officials of both the nation and the state of Rhode Island for over 20 years. He donated hundreds of thousands of dollars, and Rhode Island senators and representatives combined he received nearly $100,000.

US Senator Jack Reed received $21,375 for campaign accounts and political action committees.

Reuters reported“To grow the business, the descendants of wealthy Rhode Island real estate families have developed relationships with military executives and politicians. He enlisted the help of his state’s leading Democratic Senator, Army veteran and influential member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Jack Reed.”

A spokesman for Reed said the senator would no longer accept donations from Pichelun. called for these hearings to ensure families have safe, quality housing.The CEOs have promised to fix the problem, and Senator Reid will continue to hold them accountable. .”

Reed is just one of the top recipients of Pisan’s donations.

Rep. Jim Ranjuvin (D-2) received $18,400 from Pisan, U.S. Congressman David Cicillin received $10,300, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse received $9,800.

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