2013 Palmetto Pillar Awards Recipients Named

Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Information Technology Council Announces Winners at Annual Banquet

The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Information Technology Council (ITC) is pleased to announce the winners and finalists for its 2013 Palmetto Pillar Awards. The nominees were recognized at an Aug. 13 awards banquet at The Columbia Marriott. The banquet, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, was emceed by Tyler Ryan, WACH FOX. The reception was sponsored by IntelliSystems. Platinum sponsors included AAC, Agape Senior and IT-oLogy.

The Palmetto Pillar Awards program, started in 1998, praises the area’s top leaders in technology innovation.  The annual awards banquet and reception continue the collaboration of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, ITC and IT-oLogy as they increase IT presence throughout the Columbia Region.

“We would like to congratulate all of the winners and finalists from this year’s awards ceremony. What an honor it is to acknowledge individuals, leaders and organizations that are doing such great work in the IT world. They are the future of the Columbia business community,” said Yvonne Rodgers of BlueCross BlueShield and Information Technology Council chair.

2013 Palmetto Pillar Awards recipients:

LEADERSHIP IN TECHNOLOGY
Sponsored by Colonial Life
Winner
Janet Claggett, Richland County Government
Finalist
Scott Middleton, Agape

PUBLIC SERVICE THROUGH IT
Sponsored by SCANA
Winner
Midlands Technical College
Finalists
Family Connection of SC
SC Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics
Karl McCollester

IT INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES
Sponsored by Midlands Technical College
Winner
Palmetto GBA
Finalists
Palmetto Health
SCANA

INNOVATION IN APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
Sponsored by Agape Senior
Winner
RocketShip Solutions, LLC
Finalists
Colonial Life
Palmetto GBA

START-UP VENTURE
Sponsored by EngenuitySC
Winner
Para Marketing

 ONE TO WATCH
Sponsored by AT&T
Winner
Tamikah Battle, STEM
Finalists
NewVenue
Intel Corporation

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
Sponsored by Willoughby & Hoefer
Winner
Teresa Huggins, Midlands Technical College
Finalist
Jeshua Rains, USC

TECHNOLOGY IN THE ARTS
Sponsored by IT-oLogy
Winner
DoodleSculpt

To become a member or to learn more about the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit www.ColumbiaChamber.com, or “like” us on Facebook.

About the Information Technology Council
The Columbia Information Technology Council is a membership-based advocacy IT organization in the Greater Columbia region. In that capacity, we reach out to, acknowledge and embrace all who are involved in the IT community. Our programs are designed to create awareness, to provide professional development and networking opportunities and to recognize the achievement of those in the IT community.

About the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, membership-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 its members and 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 members through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.

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