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SC Chamber Announces 2020 Business Leader and Public Servant of the Year Awards

October 19, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 19, 2020 


Katie Titus, Director of Government Affairs/Media Relations Manager  

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce 

(916) 996-2015 



SC Chamber Announces 2020 Business Leader and Public Servant of the Year Awards 

Senator Tim Scott and Lou Kennedy to Receive Honors at Annual Summit 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce today announced U.S. Senator for South Carolina, Tim Scott, and President and Owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Lou Kennedy, as the 2020 honorees for the Public Servant of the Year and the Business Leader of the Year, respectively. Senator Scott and Ms. Kennedy will be recognized and honored at the Chamber’s 41st Annual Summit later this year. 

Each year, the South Carolina Chamber’s Public Servant of the Year award recognizes an individual who has served or currently serves as a key official in federal or state government and has contributed to the overall well-being and health of the state as a whole. 

In recognizing Senator Scott, SC Chamber President and CEO Ted Pitts said, “South Carolina businesses are lucky to have Senator Tim Scott representing them in the United States Senate and we are honored to recognize him as our 2020 Public Servant of the Year. Senator Scott comes from the business world and understands the issues of job creators. He has been a champion for issues that help South Carolina’s economy including Opportunity Zones, education reform, broadband expansion, workforce re-entry programs for formerly incarcerated individuals, and apprenticeship programs.”  

The South Carolina 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, and commitment to creating a positive business climate to improve the state’s economy. 

“Lou Kennedy is a true champion for business in South Carolina and no one is more deserving of the SC Chamber’s 2020 Business Leader of the Year Award,” said Pitts. “Lou was raised by a teacher and values education and the opportunities it provides. Nephron Pharmaceuticals has taken community partnerships to a new level, collaborating with USC, Midlands Tech, and Midlands school districts. Over the last two years, Lou has been a force in the business community pushing for the expansion of broadband internet into underserved communities across the state. Also, Lou and Nephron continue their work to be part of the solution as our country fights COVID-19. This state is lucky that Lou calls South Carolina home.” 

The 2020 award winners will be honored during the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s 41st Annual Summit, which will be held virtually later this year. 

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