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Columbia Chamber Honored 2014 Award Recipients at 112th Annual Gala and Auction

The Columbia Chamber honored five business leaders at its 112th Annual Gala and Auction on Thursday, October 9. Dr. Harris Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina and recipient of the Ambassador of the Year Award, gave the keynote address following the silent auction and dinner. The honorees represent members of the business community who have significantly contributed to the Midlands region over the past year. This event, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, was held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

“These five individuals have worked tirelessly to elevate the Midlands business community over the past year and throughout their professional careers,” says Carl Blackstone, president and CEO of the Columbia Chamber. “We are honored to be able to recognize these outstanding representatives of our region.”

Awards recipients for 2014 are:


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


Congratulations to all of the award winners. For more information about the Chamber’s Annual Gala and Auction, please visit this address. For more pictures of the evening, please visit this address.

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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