Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | November 3, 2011

Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau Honors Dale Venturini, Russell Morin, and Several “Faces of the Industry” at Annual Meeting

The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau (PWCVB) inducted Dale Venturini, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Hospitality and Tourism Association, into their Hall of Fame and also honored several members of the hospitality community at their annual meeting, held November 1at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston.

Governor Lincoln Chafee stated that there is good news to report in tourism throughout the state, citing the improved infrastructure at T.F. Green Airport and the forthcoming development of the “Knowledge District” in Providence.

Mayors Angel Taveras and Scott Avedisian also spoke and touted the efficacy and successes of the tourism industry in their respective cities.

In an emotional presentation, Dale Venturini accepted her induction into the PWCVB Hall of Fame. The PWCVB produced a short tribute video of several women in the hospitality industry (and beyond) who credited Dale for their successes and spoke of Dale as both a mentor and an inspiration. Those appearing in the video include Senator Teresa Paiva-Weed and PWCVB President & CEO Martha Sheridan.

The PWCVB also honored Barbara Barnes of the Rhode Island Historical Society (Member of the Year), Russell Morin (Special Recognition), and Richard Oliver (Rhode Island Sports Champion).

Furthering the meeting’s theme of “Faces of the Industry,” the PWCVB acknowledged several hospitality employees with their Recognition Of Service Excellence (ROSE) awards. Those recipients were: Captain Keith Tucker and Sergeant Michael Martinous (City of Providence Police Department), Frances Flowers (Cook & Brown Public House), Amy Johnson (Hilton Providence), Sharon Corcoran (Providence Performing Arts Center), Pamela Slowe (Renaissance Providence Downtown), Timothy McLean (Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse), Leslie Czezywicz (Westin Providence), Meredith Reid (Newport Mariott Hotel), and Chris Hijazin (Shula’s 347 Grill).

The PWCVB also unveiled their latest tourism video, which can be seen on their YouTube channel, at

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