Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | December 1, 2011

Janet Raymond Named Education Ambassador of the Year by RI Hospitality Association

Janet Raymond has been named “Education Ambassador of the Year” by the Rhode Island Hospitality Association (RIHA). She was presented with the award at the group’s Annual Meeting held last night at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

This is the first year the organization has honored someone with the “Education Ambassador of the Year Award.” The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual in the business community who supports the education of youth, adult learners, and incumbent workers. According to RIHA, Raymond was a clear choice based on her volunteer work in the community and her position at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Rhode Island and a Bryant College Masters of Business Administration graduate with honors, Raymond has been an employee of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce since 1993. In her capacity, she is responsible for all economic development activities of the Chamber as well as policy development and advocacy on business climate issues and serves as coordinator for a number of Chamber committees. Prior to joining the Chamber, Raymond worked as Director of Economic Development for the City ofWarwick and as a senior policy advisor to Governor Bruce Sundlun.

Raymond is Chair of the Providence/Cranston Workforce Investment Board. She also serves on the Board of Directors of a number of economic development organizations including the Rhode Island Manufacturers Extension Services, Junior Achievement of Rhode Island and Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island. She also is a member of the International Economic Development Council; a gubernatorial appointed member of the Rhode Island State Planning Council and a member of the Lieutenant Governor’s Small Business Advocacy Council.

The official trade group of the food service, lodging, restaurant, and tourism industries, the mission of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association is to advocate for and to develop and provide programs, services, support and education to members of the hospitality industry.

The Rhode Island Hospitality Education Foundation, a non-profit Rhode Island corporation, was formed for the purpose of encouraging persons embarked in a career in the foodservice or hospitality industries in Rhode Island.

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