Lifelong Bristol Resident, Educator, Activist named Rhode Island Face of Success

Rhode Island's Crown Collision Centers (, announced that it has chosen its second RI "Face of Success" - Bristol native A. William (Bill) Josephs. A longtime Bristol teacher and Bristol schools alumnae, Josephs founded the East Bay Career Academy ( an alternative learning program for at-risk students. He's also active in the community, having coached and chaired numerous Bristol sports teams and civic groups. Friend and fellow Bristol resident Kevin Bowen, who met Josephs while serving on the Bristol 4th of July Committee, nominated him at the Town's July 4th concert, also sponsored by Crown Collision.

"Bill's an inspiration to his students," said Bowen. "He sits down with them and tells them, `This is the first day of the rest of your life.' He's always willing to lend a hand and his high energy - constantly coming up with creative ideas and new ways to teach and reach his students."

The Faces of Success campaign celebrates Crown's 45-plus years serving Rhode Islanders and their tagline - Our Success is No Accident. Family owned and operated, Crown is a full-service collision center in Bristol, Middletown and Pawtucket. They created the Faces of Success campaign to recognize those who live or work in RI who are doing great things at home, work, or in the community. Owners Ed and Rachelle Breault wanted to do something to highlight how great RI is and one of its best assets - the people.

"This campaign has brought to life just how many Rhode Islanders are waking up, going out, and doing great things each and every day," said Rachelle Breault, General Manager of Crown Collision Centers. "It's been inspirational to uncover such rich stories and recognize some outstanding Rhode Islanders for all the good they're doing."

The Campaign's first phase targeted local colleges and universities. Dr. Jameson Chace, an ecologist and Salve Regina University assistant professor of Biology & Biomedical Sciences, was named the first Face of Success. Phase Two, which closed September 30, solicited stories from RI cities and towns at statewide events over the summer. Nearly 200 nominations came in, including stories of military service, teachers, and children starting nonprofits to help feed the hungry. Josephs, who together with his wife Charlotte has three sons and two grandchildren, was selected for his community service and contributions to education.

"My parents always emphasized the importance of education," said Josephs, an educator for 45 years. "I always had a strong desire to become a teacher and positively influence children. Fortunately I was able to pursue this goal and make it a reality. I love to see students under my care turn themselves around and realize goals they never thought possible. I immerse myself in their success and realize my success through them."

A graduate of Providence College and Bridgewater State College, Josephs is retired from the RI National Army Guard. He is a 13-year member of the Bristol 4th of July Committee, past chair of the Bristol Christmas Festival Committee, and serves on the Bristol Zoning Board of Review. Josephs coached Bristol High School and Roger Williams University soccer and served as Director of Soccer for the Bristol Recreation Department. In this capacity, he initiated what was to be the founding of the Bristol Youth Soccer Organization. An inductee in the Bristol Athletic Hall of Fame, he coached Bristol Junior High School Baseball and was coach and manager of Bristol Little League Baseball.

In creating the East Bay Career Academy, Josephs strives to help local students who have difficulty surviving in a traditional high school setting. He serves as Director of the 14-year-old growing school serving East Bay school district students. The facility has been recognized by the state and has gained national recognition as an "exemplary alternative learning program." To assist teachers in maintaining their teaching certifications and provide them with innovative approaches to classroom instruction, Josephs initiated and developed the Continuing Education Program at the East Bay Educational Collaborative in Warren, RI, serving as its Director.

"I believe that everyone should be afforded the opportunity to be successful in their lives no matter what the endeavor," Josephs said, "and it is always rewarding to give back to the community that gave so much to you."

"Bill's commitment to education and the community is truly commendable," said Pamela Harrigan, Vice President & CFO of Crown Collision Centers. "It is a real pleasure and source of pride to learn about and honor his contributions to so many fellow Rhode Islanders."

Faces of Success campaign participants nominated themselves or others by uploading a short video clip (under a minute long and a maximum of 1GB) to, or by telling their story live to Crown Collision campaign crews who traveled the state over the last several months seeking stories of successful Rhode Islanders. Those who submitted nominations got a free Faces of Success t-shirt. Winners received $500.

"I'm sure that with the coming holiday season it will help bring a smile to the faces of some special people," Josephs said of the campaign prize. "The thought to honor and recognize success is always a positive, as relating success stories often inspires success. I am humbled by this recognition and applaud Crown Collision for their efforts."

About Crown Collision Centers

Established in 1963, Crown Collision Centers is Rhode Island's largest, family-owned and operated collision repair facility and the only collision repair shop in the State with three locations. Specializing in both foreign and domestic vehicles, Crown is committed to making the vehicle repair process as stress free as possible for its customers. Visit for more information.


Elena Falcone-Relvas, North Star Marketing

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Pamela Harrigan, Crown Collision Centers

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