Ameris Bancorp Director and Ameris Bank SC Community Board Member Bill Stern recently received the Israel Bonds Star of David Award. Stern, along with his wife Linda, was recognized at the 2016 Israel Bonds of Columbia Community Reception on May 31st, which honored friends and supporters of the Jewish Community.
“I am honored to be recognized and support the great work of the Development Corporation for Israel,” said Stern. “Civic involvement is an important part of the business community. I am proud to do my part and humbled to receive this award.”
Stern dedicates a great deal of his time to public and community service. He serves on the South Carolina Ports Authority as chairman emeritus, the AIPAC National Council, the board of the Columbia Jewish Federation and the JCC, the board of Beth Shalom Synagogue where is also a past president, and is chairman of the Beth Shalom Synagogue foundation. He is past chairman of the South Carolina Israel Cultural Exchange and of the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust.
“This award illustrates Bill’s commitment to civic engagement and we are proud to support him and congratulate him on his accomplish,” said Ameris Bank Regional President Richard Sturm. “We are honored to have Bill as a Corporate and SC board member, and one of the many reasons he is an exceptional board member is because of his deep appreciation and participation in community outreach and leadership.”
Stern was appointed to the Ameris Bancorp Board of Directors and Ameris Bank South Carolina Community Board of Directors in November 2013. Stern and his wife, Linda, have also been awarded South Carolina’s top honor, the Order of the Palmetto. With all they have accomplished, they say their greatest joy has been raising their three boys: Brian, Jason, and Benjamin.