[ ABOVE: Ben Haskew has served the Greenville Chamber as president and CEO for 12 years and is closing in on a 40-year career in the chamber industry. // Photo provided. ]
The Greenville Chamber held its 127 annual meeting on Feb. 23 at the TD Convention Center. The event, emceed by Merl Code, featured the presentation of the 2015 annual awards, a keynote presentation by Beverly Wyse, VP and GM for Boeing South Carolina, a special tribute to retiring Chamber president/CEO Ben Haskew and the passing of the gavel from 2015 board of directors chair Julie Godshall Brown to 2016 chair David Lominack.
Greenville Chamber 2015 awards
Arts Leadership Award
Susan and Tom O’Hanlan, Sealevel Systems Inc.
ATHENA Leadership Award
Anne Ellefson, deputy general counsel for academics & community affairs, Greenville Health System.
Buck Mickel Leadership Award
Peter Barth, The Iron Yard
Michael Bolick, Selah Genomics
Ken Brower, NWN Corporation
Matt Gevaert, Kiyatec
Andrew Kurtz, Kopis
Scott Millwood, Hitachi Solutions (formerly Customer Effective
Jeff Papenfus (posthumously), Northgate Labs
Peter Waldschmidt, Gnoso
Max Heller Neighborhood Improvement Award
CommunityWorks, with Executive Director Deborah McKetty accepting the award.
Minority Business of the Year
Professional Healthcare Services, with Doris Haley, president and owner, accepting the award.
Small Business of the Year
Worthwhile, with CEO Dan Rundle accepting the award.
Phillip Kilgore, shareholder, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, and vice-chair of business advocacy for the Greenville Chamber.
Leadership Grenville Distinguished Alumni
Reid Lehman, president and CEO, Miracle Hill Industries.
Young Professional of the Year
Mike Pennington, Rhino Concessions and FunnelDelicious
Dante Russo, executive producer and founding partner, SC Insurance Brokers
Ben Haskew Collaboration Award (inaugural)
Ben Haskew, retiring president and CEO of the Greenville Chamber.