Inspiring Leader


Alicia Wells-Smith, senior vice president of Bank of America of Warwick, was named one of four Junior Achievement of Rhode Island (JARI) 2014 recipients of the Morris J.W. Gaebe Profile in Excellence Award. The award, JARI’s highest honor, is named after Morris J.W. Gaebe, chancellor emeritus of Johnson & Wales University, and recognizes leaders who demonstrate excellence in the Rhode Island community. The leaders have demonstrated courageous thinking and actions, vision and innovation, inspiring leadership, and community mindedness. In addition to Wells-Smith, honorees are: Giovanni Feroce, president and chief executive officer, Alex and Ani, resident of East Greenwich; Christopher Graham, co-partner-in-charge, Edwards Wildman of Rumford; and the Rhode Island Foundation, represented by Neil Steinberg, president and CEO. The 2014 recipients will be honored at an awards dinner on May 9 at the Omni Providence Hotel. The honorary event chairman and host for the evening will be Hugh Clements, chief of the Providence Police Department.


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