(Photo credit: Monica Morgan) The Sons of Italy Foundation, a leading Italian-American philanthropic organization recently honored three leaders in public service, business and entertainment at its 25th Anniversary National Education & Leadership Awards Gala held in Washington, DC. Sergio Marchione, chairman & CEO of Chrysler Group LLC and CEO of Fiat S.p.A., received the 2013 Award for Excellence in Global Business. Mr. Marchionne's savvy as a businessman is undeniable; he is responsible for turning around two major automobile companies, Italian auto manufacturer Fiat and American manufacturer Chrysler. In addition to his duties as head of the two auto companies, Mr. Marchionne serves on numerous boards of directors, including the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Italian Branch of the Council for the United States and Italy as chairman, Fiat Industrial S.p.A. as chairman and the European Automobile Manufacturers Association as president. General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service for his outstanding career in the military and diplomatic fields as the 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the 65th U.S. Secretary of State. Actor Gary Sinise received the Award Courage and Patriotism. As founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation, Mr. Sinise works tirelessly to assist the men and women who defend our country. Chrysler UAW vice president General Holiefield and his wife international photojournalist Monica Morgan were in attendance.
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