Pittsburgh NAACP Names Covelli ‘Partner of the Year’

WARREN, Ohio — The Pittsburgh Branch of the NAACP presented Sam Covelli, owner and CEO of Covelli Enterprises, with its highest corporate recognition Thursday at the organization’s annual Human Rights Dinner at the Westin Convention Center.

Covelli was selected for the NAACP’s Corporate Partner of the Year award because of the work that Covelli Enterprises has done creating a diverse and inclusive workforce at its 275 Panera Bread restaurants in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida, said Constance Parker, the Pittsburgh NAACP’s president.

The Corporate Partner award was created to honor business leaders and companies who support and encourage the mission of the NAACP in its daily work.

“We applaud Covelli Enterprises for creating such a diverse and inclusive workforce and believe that other companies can learn by following Covelli’s example,” Parker said.

“This award means so much to me because the Pittsburgh NAACP really knows us and our work,” Covelli said. “We are a company that believes in serving its communities and in investing in its associates and in creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and it is so gratifying to know that the NAACP recognizes this.”

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