Published on October 2nd, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Columbia Chamber Announces Honorees for 2014 Annual Gala

Five Individuals Will Be Recognized at the 112th Annual Gala

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Columbia Chamber is pleased to announce the recipients of five prestigious awards to be given at this year’s Annual Gala and Silent Auction presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on October 9, 2014.

“These five individuals represent what makes Columbia such an outstanding place to do business,” says Carl Blackstone, president and CEO of the Columbia Chamber. “I am proud to join 800 other Chamber partners to recognize their contributions to the community.”

2014 Honorees:

Ambassador of the Year | Dr. Harris Pastides, University of South Carolina

Sponsored by Chernoff Newman

Small & Minority Business Advocate of the Year | Tom Felder, S.C. Community Bank

Sponsored by Colonial Life

Young Professional of the Year | Will Johnson, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Sponsored by Willoughby & Hoefer

Military Advocate of the Year | Dan Mann, Columbia Metropolitan Airport

Sponsored by AT&T

Diplomat of the Year | Mary Safko, Trevett’s

Sponsored by All South Federal Credit Union

“It’s exhilarating to honor such high caliber folks in our community. It’s even better when we honor them at a brand new Gala that we hope will leave the Midlands business community energized and excited about their peers and partnership with the Columbia Chamber,” said Boyd Jones, chairman of the Columbia Chamber.

To see short biographies of the honorees, please click here.

The Columbia Chamber’s Annual Gala is the region’s premiere business event, attended by more than 800 local business executives and community leaders. In its 112th year, the event celebrates Chamber successes of the past year, looks ahead to the future, honors the Ambassador of the Year and recognizes the change of leadership at the Board of Directors. With impressive honorees, a fast-paced agenda, and a red carpet experience, this elegant evening will be one that Columbia business people will be talking about all year.

For ticket and sponsorship information, click here.

About the Columbia Chamber

The Columbia Chamber is a private, non-profit, partner-driven organization comprised of 1,500 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties. The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, social, cultural and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its partners through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.

To become a partner or to learn more about the Columbia Chamber, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit www.ColumbiaChamber.com.




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