May 12, 2011
Umberto P. Fedeli to give
152nd Lake Erie College Commencement Address
Continuing the tradition of celebration through inspirational messages, Lake Erie College welcomes Umberto Fedeli as keynote speaker for the 152nd Commencement Address. The event will take place Sunday, May 15 on the College campus. Fedeli has also been selected to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by resolution from the Lake Erie College Board of Directors.
“Mr. Fedeli exemplifies what it means to serve a community; his involvements know no boundary—from the smaller local non-profit to the nationally recognized organizations, he remains charitable in his time and honored for his character and commitment to helping others”, said Michael T. Victor, President, Lake Erie College.
Mr. Fedeli is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Fedeli Group, one of the largest privately held insurance brokerage firms in Ohio and multi-year recipient of Weatherhead 100’s list of the fastest growing companies in northeast Ohio.
As a strong believer in servant leadership, Fedeli contributes much of his personal time and energy to a variety of civic and charitable causes. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he serves as Chairman of Government Relations and is a member of the Executive Committee. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of John Carroll University and a trustee of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation. He is chairman of the Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation, a charitable organization he helped establish in 1995, and chairman of the Cleveland chapter of Legatus, an international organization of Catholic CEOs. He has supported many candidates for political offices and, in 2008, he hosted President George W. Bush in his home for a Republican fundraiser.
Among his many accomplishments, Fedeli has been named Man of the Year by the Americans of Italian Heritage and the Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame. He was honored with the Columbian Award by the Italian Federation and was selected by Inside Business as one of Cleveland’s most powerful people in the Business/Community/Political Arena. He has been recognized by John Carroll University’s Boler School of Business as one of Fifty of its Finest, and he has received the Grand Illusion Award from the Ohio Cancer Research Associates and the Norman Cohn Hope Award for Outstanding Philanthropic and Community Service from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Fedeli has been inducted into the Villa Angela-St. Joseph Hall of Fame and was named the Boys’ Town of Italy 2002 Man of the Year. In 1998, he became a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, administered by the Holy See in Rome. He is the holder of a prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor and along with his wife, Maryellen, was honored as the Christ Child Society’s Person of the Year in 2003. Fedeli is an alumnus of St. Joseph’s High School and John Carroll University.