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South Carolina Chamber Names Pamela Lackey Business Leader of the Year

October 17, 2011
South Carolina Chamber Names Pamela Lackey Business Leader of the Year

October 10, 2011 For Immediate Release
Contact: Julie Scott 803-255-2628; julie.scott@scchamber.net

South Carolina Chamber names Pamela Lackey Business Leader of the Year

Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the state’s unified voice of business, is pleased to announce its 2011 Business Leader of the Year is Pamela Lackey, state president of AT&T South Carolina. Lackey will be honored at the 32nd Annual Summit, Fast Forward: Defining the Next Decade, November 10 at Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms.

Lackey is responsible for AT&T’s regulatory, economic development, legislative and community affairs activities in South Carolina. She works closely with state and community leaders to help bring new technology and jobs to the state and improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians. Lackey joined AT&T’s predecessor company, BellSouth, in 1997. She initially served in the business marketing group, where she was the company’s primary interface with education and government customers. In that role, she was instrumental in establishing the state’s first broadband network to provide high-speed Internet service to schools and libraries. She was subsequently promoted to the position of director-government relations, where she worked directly with members of the South Carolina General Assembly on public policy matters. She was named to her current position in October 2007.

Lackey has been involved in leadership roles in many community and civic organizations, including the Junior League of Greenville and Columbia, the ETV Endowment of South Carolina and the Palmetto Center for Women’s Business Advisory Committee. She serves on the boards of the Central South Carolina Alliance, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, Hollings Cancer Center Advisory Board, Palmetto Business Forum and the United Way of the Midlands. She was appointed to the Research Centers of Excellence Review Board by Senator Glenn F. McConnell, president pro tempore for the South Carolina Senate, which she chaired and served from 2007-2011. In 2011, she was appointed to the South Carolina State Ports Authority Board by Governor Nikki Haley.

The Chamber’s Business Leader of the Year is chosen based on leadership in South Carolina and the embodiment of personal success. Other criteria include a business record based on ethical conduct and corporate responsibility, public service, contributions to the preservation of South Carolina’s government and commitment to creating a positive business climate to increase wealth and improve the state’s economy.

“South Carolina is fortunate to have a business leader like Pamela Lackey. For many years, she has used her education background and technology expertise to improve the quality of life for South Carolinians. In every position she’s held, Pamela has put the well-being of South Carolina first, and she has remained committed to improving South Carolina's business climate," said Otis Rawl, president and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber’s Annual Summit, Fast Forward: Defining the Next Decade, will bring together more than 250 of the state’s most powerful business leaders to discuss future goals to increase South Carolina’s global competitiveness. Annual Summit sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information about sponsoring or attending this year’s festivities, please visit www.scchamber.net, or call Tish Anderson at 800-799-4601.

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s first state chamber Accredited with Distinction by the U.S. Chamber, is the state’s largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association representing more than 18,000 businesses and more than one million employees, with 90 percent of membership comprised of small businesses. As the unified voice for business and industry, the Chamber is a catalyst for increasing wealth and enhancing the state’s global competitiveness in order to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.

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