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Published on October 27th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Mike Brenan, president of BB&T To Be Honored As Business Leader Of The Year

COLUMBIA, SC – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the state’s unified voice of business, announced that its 2014 Business Leader of the Year is Mike Brenan, president of BB&T South Carolina. Brenan will be honored at the 35th Annual SummitNovember 12-14 at Wild Dunes on the Isle of Palms.

A past chairman of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Brenan has served on the boards of numerous South Carolina businesses, nonprofits and organizations, including the United Way of the Midlands, Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Foundation, South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities Foundation, BIPEC (Business and Industry Political Education Committee), Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Bankers Association and Central South Carolina Alliance. He was appointed by the governor to serve on the South Carolina State Board of Education.

Raised in Indiana and Ohio, Brenan became a bank president at the age of 34. He came to Columbia, South Carolina in November 1999, becoming state/group president in 2000.

“Frankly, Mike came here [to South Carolina] and he’s all in. He’s done everything he can to make the state better and the community better as if he’s been here his entire life,” says long-time friend Judy Davis, executive vice president and chief legal officer at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. “And frankly, he does it because he loves living here. And he just simply makes it better for all of us.”

The South Carolina Chamber’s Business Leader of the Year is chosen based on leadership in South Carolina and the embodiment of personal success. Other criteria include a business record based on ethical conduct and corporate responsibility, public service, contributions to the preservation of South Carolina’s government and commitment to creating a positive business climate to improve the state’s economy.

The Chamber’s Annual Summit, Paving the Way to the Future, will bring together more than 250 of the state’s most powerful business leaders to discuss future goals to increase South Carolina’s global competitiveness. Annual Summit sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information about sponsoring or attending this year’s festivities, please visit, or call Paul Dunn at 800-799-4601.

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s first state chamber Accredited with Distinction by the U.S. Chamber, is South Carolina’s largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association representing more than 18,000 businesses and more than one million employees. As the unified voice for business and industry, the Chamber is a catalyst for increasing wealth and enhancing the state’s global competitiveness in order to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.



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