Rhode Island Black Business Association Announces 2014 Business Awards Winners
Monday, August 25, 2014
Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA), has announced the recipients of its 2014 Business Awards Program.
Each year, the Rhode Island Black Business Association Business Awards Program is designed to honor achievements of exceptional leaders who have achieved great success, and leaders who strive towards professional accomplishment, excels in their field and exemplary leadership, business growth, and service to the community.
The awards recipients will be honored at RIBBA’s Annual Business Awards Gala. This event is scheduled for October 3 at 6:00pm at the Omni Providence Hotel, One Exchange Street, Providence, RI.
The 2014 Business Award Recipients
Business of the Year - The Allen Brothers Business Award
Legacy Cleaning Services – Taiwo (Wally) Akinkuowo, Owner
Business Person of the Year - George T. Downing Business Leadership Award
Charles Newton, Assistant Administrator at RI Dept. of Administration
Entrepreneur Person of the Year - Isaac Rice Entrepreneurship Award
Yemi Sekoni - Director of Donahue Models & Talent, LLC
Community Person of the Year - Christiana Bannister Community Service
Maxine B. Shavers, Former RI State Rep and Community Leader
Company of the Year - Corporate Award (Amica Insurance – Robert DiMuccio, President and CEO)
Mr. Kirk A. Sykes, President of the Urban Strategy American Fund and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston will be the keynote speaker. Sykes has 25 years of combined finance, development, architecture, and community-based experience.
Sykes was the lead partner in the development and operation of the first African American-built hotel in Boston, MA. He leads the partnership equity placement, identifies investment and developments, and manages the day-to-day business operations of the Urban Strategy American Fund.
“I congratulate the award recipients,” Lisa Ranglin, President of the Rhode Island Black Business Association, said in a statement. “We received dozens of nominations this year. These individuals and companies, we considered the best in their league and are worthy of this recognition.”
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