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NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ As Steven King drives visitors around the burgeoning Quonset Business Park, whose modernization and completion he oversees as managing director of the Quonset Development Corporation, he is asked a question.
Are you having fun?
Smiling broadly he replies, â€śOh, yeah.â€ť
For a professional engineer, his assignment now must seem like playing with toy trains, cars, boats and Erector Sets â€“ only on a scale that seems grander than life-size.
Under his guidance, rail lines have been improved, bridges and roadways built, collapsed seawalls restored and a sleek, ultra-modern installation of office facilities designed and constructed.
Who is this man who bears up gracefully under the inevitable jokes about the name he shares with Stephen King, bestselling author of horror and suspense novels?
When he was appointed to the demanding job of assuring that Quonset lives up to its full potential, King was described in glowing terms by corporation chairman Saul Kaplan.
He was said to bring â€śstrong, thoughtful management to QDC, as well as the ability to strengthen key relationships with state and local officialsâ€ť, townspeople and members of the parkâ€™s business community.
The QDC board confirmed his selection on July 21, 2008 but King had already been contributing to the parkâ€™s future for a decade.
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