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Published on August 23rd, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff



Pictured Dr. Louis Lynn, Enviro AgScience, Small & Minority Business Advocate of the Year.

Five Individuals Will Be Recognized at the 113th Annual Gala

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Columbia Chamber is pleased to announce the recipients of five prestigious awards to be given at the 113th Annual Gala at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on September 24, 2015. The Annual Gala is presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

“Our annual awards are given to those who make remarkable contributions towards the betterment of the region and their efforts deserve celebrating,” says Carl Blackstone, president and CEO of the Columbia Chamber. “The Chamber, our Partners and this community are privileged to celebrate these individuals at this year’s Gala.”

2015 Honorees:

Ambassador of the Year | The Honorable Nikki R. Haley, Governor, State of South Carolina
Sponsored by TD Bank

Small & Minority Business Advocate of the Year | Dr. Louis Lynn, Enviro AgScience
Sponsored by BB&T

Young Professional of the Year | Tommy Preston, Nexsen Pruet
Sponsored by Colonial Life

Military Advocates of the Year | S.C. Military Base Task Force &
Major General George Goldsmith, USAR, Ret.
Sponsored by AllSouth Federal Credit Union

Diplomat of the Year | Mike Weaver, the Weaver Agency
Sponsored by Willoughby & Hoeffer

“Both the Chamber and the community have seen a tremendous amount of change this past year, and it is such an honor to acknowledge these leaders who have made a lasting impact in the area. These award winners are shining examples of trailblazers in the Midlands,” said Boyd Jones, Chairman of the Columbia Chamber.

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 113th year, the event will celebrate Chamber successes of the past year, look ahead to the future, honor the Ambassador of the Year and recognize the leadership of 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.
To register for or sponsor the Gala, please visit

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 its partners and 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


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