Over 1,200 were in attendance as the Greenville Chamber of Commerce officially closed out 2016 and moved into 2017 during its annual meeting Tuesday night at the TD Convention Center.
During the meeting, individuals and businesses were honored and Brenda Thames assumed her position as chairwoman of the chamber’s board of directors for the new year.
Among the honorees were:
- Pam Evette, founder of Quality Business Solutions, was presented the 2016 Athena Leadership Award. The award is for “individuals who assist women in reaching their full leadership potential; demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession; and, provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.”
- Dick Riley, the former U.S. Secretary of Education and Governor of South Carolina, was honored with the Buck Mickel Leadership Award. The honor is for “those who have had a dramatic impact on the community by playing a leadership role in solving critical community issues, strengthening the community or providing visionary leadership to a major community development project.”
- Bob Howard, former president of the Greenville Tech Foundation, was honored with the Leadership Greenville Distinguished Alumni Award. Howard was a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class 3 and was president of the Greenville Tech Foundation from 2008 to 2016.
- Kimberly Witherspoon, shareholder in Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Greenville office, was presented the Young Professional of the Year Award. The award recognizes “an individual between the ages of 22 and 39 for his or her involvement in the community.”
- Wil Brasington, executive director of the Clemson Alumni Association, was presented the 2016 Chairman’s Award. Brasington recently served as vice-chairman of communications and community engagement as was credited with “refocusing and rebranding the chamber.”
- IG Global Sourcing LLC was presented with the Minority Business of the Year Award. The award is “presented to a local, independently-, and minority-owned company that has been in business for a minimum of three years.” IG Global Sourcing LLC was founded in 2003.
- Hollingsworth Funds received the 2016 F. Ben Haskew Collaboration Award which is presented to “Upstate leaders who display progressive visions and a partnership approach to responsible growth in the Upstate.”
- Intellectual Capitol, an information technology staffing firm and certified woman-owned business with over 30 employees, was honored with the 2016 Small Business of the Year Award. This is the 40th year the chamber has presented such an award.
- Genesis Homes was presented the Max Heller Neighborhood Improvement Award which was named for former Greenville Mayor Max Heller. The annual award is presented to an organization “that has shown exemplary efforts toward neighborhood improvement and empowerment.”