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Covelli Recognized by Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Sam Covelli, owner and CEO of Covelli Enterprises, was honored last night at Youngstown State University as a recipient of the 2016 Medallion for Entrepreneurship from Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society.

Covelli is one of only four recipients of the medallion this year.

“The Medallion for Entrepreneurship is awarded annually to outstanding individuals who combine innovative business achievement with service to humanity, and we are pleased to present this award to Sam Covelli,” said Christina Carosella, CEO of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Covelli Enterprises, based in Warren, is the fourth largest restaurant franchisee in United States and the largest franchisee of Panera Bread. The company also operates several Dairy Queen and O’Charley’s restaurants.

“No one is more deserving of this award than Sam Covelli,” said Betty Jo Licata, dean of YSU’s Williamson College of Business Administration. “Mr. Covelli exemplifies the ideals of Beta Gamma Sigma through his exceptional business success and as a leading philanthropist.

“Covelli Enterprises has provided millions of dollars of food and financial support to a wide range of causes throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida,” she continued. “All of the communities in which Covelli Enterprises operates are stronger because of Sam Covelli’s leadership and generosity.”

Pictured: Caryn and Sam Covelli are joined by Betty Jo Licata, dean of the Williamson College of Business Administration, at the awards ceremony.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.