Greater Columbia Chamber Honored 2012 Award Recipients at 110th Annual Gala and Auction

Five Business Leaders and Two Companies Recognized

COLUMBIA, S.C. –The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce honored five business leaders and two companies at its 110th Annual Gala and Auction on Thursday, Sept. 27. Charles D. Beaman, CEO of Palmetto Health 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 Greater Columbia Region in the past year. This event, sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, was held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Left to right- Mike Brennan, Chairman 2010-2012; Lee Bussell, Chairman 2012-2013; Charles Beaman, Ambassador of the Year; Ike McLeese, Chamber President

“Columbia would not be where it is today without these dedicated, inspired and hard working leaders and organizations who have taken their time to give back to the community,” said Ike McLeese, president and CEO of the Greater Columbia Chamber. “We are honored to be able to recognize these outstanding representatives of our region.”

Awards recipients for 2012 are:

Ambassador of the Year
Sponsored by BB&T
Charles D. Beaman Jr.
CEO | Palmetto Health

Diplomat of the Year
Amy Quenneville
Food Services Inc.

Military Advocate of the Year
Basil Trowbridge
General Manager | Courtyard by Marriott

Small Business Award
Sponsored by Bank of America
Colonial Printing

Young Leader of the Year
Sponsored by Colonial Life
Chakisse Newton
President | Cardinal Consulting

Business Innovation Award
PurePower Technologies

Community Advocate of the Year
Don Tomlin
President | Tomlin & Company

Congratulations to all of the award winners. For more information about the Chamber’s Annual Gala visit


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