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Michelin exec named ‘mentor of the year’

Staff Report
Published Feb. 26, 2013

United Way of Greenville County Young Philanthropists recently named Clarence Kegler as the group’s 2013 Mentor of the Year.

Kegler was one of four finalists recognized for their commitment to helping young professionals in the community. The three additional finalists are: Jo Watson Hackl of Wyche P.A., Mike McGuigan of Elliott Davis LLC and Kent Satterfield of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP. A total of 23 nominees were considered for this year’s award.

From left, Mike McGuigan, Jo Watson Hackl, Clarence Kegler and Kent Satterfield. (Photo/Provided)
From left, Mike McGuigan, Jo Watson Hackl, Clarence Kegler and Kent Satterfield. (Photo/Provided)
Kegler, who currently serves as the chief diversity officer for Michelin North America, was nominated for the award by two of his mentees, Erica Brown and Mike Williams.

They cited Kegler for his dedication to providing professional and personal guidance to many individuals over the years, creating his own informal support system in the community for young professionals, according to a news release.

“At the start of his career he did not have that support system,” Brown said in a news release. “So, now he chooses to develop that support system for his mentees so that we won’t be alone in our quest to achieve in corporate America."

After being drafted out of S.C. State by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970, Kegler went into business, including 30 years at Hoechst-Celanese Corp., prior to joining Michelin North America.

“I just see it as an opportunity for me to give back,” Kegler said in a news release. “I get a personal high from sharing with them opportunities to improve.”

Kegler is a member of United Way’s Palmetto Society and serves as board chair of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County.

With more than 760 members, Young Philanthropists contributed more than $968,000 and completed several service projects in the Greenville County community last year. Created in 1999, Young Philanthropists encourages more young people, age 40 and under, to begin their philanthropy and to provide opportunities to engage in the community.

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