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SC Chamber Announces 2017 Business Leader, Public Servant, and Sgt. William Jasper Freedom Award Winners

October 26, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce our honorees for the 2017 Business Leader of the Year, Public Servant of the Year, and the Sgt. William Jasper Freedom Award.

Business Leader of the Year – Pete Selleck, Chairman and President, Michelin North America
Public Servant of the Year – The Honorable Gary Simrill, House District 46, Majority Leader - South Carolina House of Representatives
Sgt. William Jasper Freedom Award – William L. Bethea Jr., Chairman, South Carolina Military Base Task Force

SC Chamber President and CEO Ted Pitts said “Thanks to Representative Gary Simrill’s leadership and work to bring policy makers together, we now have a long-term, sustainable solution for our state’s roads and bridges. It was an easy decision to name Representative Simrill the Chamber’s 2017 Public Servant of the Year. South Carolina’s business community thanks him.”

“Our 2017 Business Leader of the Year, Pete Selleck, exemplifies what true leadership looks like from the business community” said Pitts. “As Chairman and President of Michelin North America, Selleck has used his standing as one of the state’s top business leaders to champion issues that move South Carolina forward. He cares about the Palmetto State – Pete’s leadership on issues including infrastructure and workforce development have been monumental.”

“It is a great honor to present Bill Bethea, Chairman of the South Carolina Military Base Task Force, with this year’s Sgt. William Jasper Freedom Award” said Pitts. “Bill’s leadership and vision have played an important role in shaping South Carolina as the most military-friendly state in the nation. Bill doesn’t do anything halfway, and the Palmetto state is lucky to have him working to grow the military’s presence and impact on the Palmetto State.”

The 2017 award winners will be honored at the 38th South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Annual Summit on Kiawah December 5-6th.    


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