Black Business Association gives out five awards

The Rhode Island Black Business Association awarded five individuals and organizations in its 2014 Business Awards Program on Aug. 20. The annual awards are intended to honor the achievements of exceptional leaders. More

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Black Business Association gives out five awards

Posted 8/22/14

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Black Business Association awarded five individuals and organizations in its 2014 Business Awards Program on Aug. 20.

The annual awards are intended to honor the achievements of exceptional leaders.

“I congratulate the award recipients,” said Lisa Ranglin, president of RIBBA. “We received dozens of nominations this year. These individuals and companies [represent] the best in their league and are worthy of this recognition.”

Winners include:

  • Legacy Cleaning Services, and owner Taiwo (Wally) Akinkuowo, for Business of the Year (The Allen Brothers Business Award).

  • Charles Newton, assistant administrator at the R.I. Department of Administration; Business Person of the Year (George T. Downing Business Leadership Award).

  • Yemi Sekoni, director of Donahue Models & Talen LLC, Entrepreneur of the Year (Isaac Rice Entrepreneurship Award).

  • Maxine B. Shavers, former Rhode Island state representative and community leader, Community Person of the Year (Christiana Bannister Community Service Award).

  • Amica Insurance, led by Robert DiMuccio, president and CEO, Company of the Year (Corporate Award).

    Award winners will be honored at RIBBA’s Annual Business Awards Gala on Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. at the Omni Providence Hotel at One Exchange Street. 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.

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