The RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) recently recognized Cranston resident, Ruth Ferrazzano, owner of Murphy’s as “Woman of the Year” and Lynne Urbani, Policy Director to the Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, with the “Chairman’s Award” at the 28th Annual Meeting and “Stars of the Industry” awards ceremony at Twin River Casino.
Ferrazzano has over 50 years of experience in the hospitality industry, starting at Sue’s Restaurant in Cranston and then in various banquet, neighborhood, and fine dining establishments. She started at Murphy’s in 1979, and after 16 years of working at the pub, she took over ownership as they were about to shut their doors.
Ferrazzano has lead Murphy’s to be the iconic Irish pub it is today, and has stayed at the top in an ever-evolving and increasingly competitive atmosphere. She credits her success to her belief in serving a product that you are proud and always recognizing that customers are choosing to spend their time and hard-earned money at your establishment.
“It is with great honor that we recognize Ruth Ferrazzano with this award,” said Dale J. Venturini, President and CEO of RIHA. “She makes our industry better by being part of it, she has made a difference to the women who will learn from her and rise to leadership roles.”
Urbani has worked in healthcare for over 25 years and is a longtime proponent of the industry, an incredible customer advocate and a key voice in public policy. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College and a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from Salve Regina University. Urbani has held many senior executive positions in healthcare, including serving as the President and CEO of the Rhode Island Free Clinic.
Urbani has held the position of Policy Director to the Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives since 2013. A true champion of the hospitality industry, she takes the time to review and understand issues from all sides, making educated decisions that help guide public policy. Beyond her longstanding dedication to her job, Lynne is a community supporter as well. A graduate of the Leadership Rhode Island program and the Rhode Island State Police Citizens Trooper Academy, she has been an active volunteer with numerous foundations, and currently serves as a member of the Special Olympics of Rhode Island Board of Directors.
Venturini, President and CEO of RIHA. “She is an amazing advocate for our state and our industry and has the utmost respect among her peers and colleagues,” Venturini said in a statement.