Peter Larocque, president of North American technology solutions for Greenville’s SYNNEX Corp., was recently named the recipient of the Order of the Palmetto Award, the state’s highest civilian honor.
The Order of the Palmetto is awarded to South Carolina citizens for extraordinary lifetime service and achievements of national or statewide significance. Larocque received the award during his company’s fundraising initiative, SYNNEX Share the Magic.
“I am honored to receive the Order of the Palmetto award,” Larocque said in a press release. “In addition to making a significant economic impact in South Carolina, my team and I feel fortunate to have made a positive impact on the lives of children and families in need. Each year, we aim to do more, and I look forward to continuing to raise the bar.”
Larocque has been with SYNNEX for more than 33 years.
He moved to Greenville in 1996 and led the opening of the company’s North American distribution headquarters in 2003. Under his leadership, SYNNEX has added 40,000 square feet to its local campus and more than 100 IT-related jobs. It has also been selected as one of the “Best Places to Work in South Carolina” for the past seven years.
In 2011, Larocque founded SYNNEX Share the Magic. The annual fundraiser has raised more than $8.5 million for South Carolina children struggling with life-threatening illnesses, abuse, neglect, or developmental delays, according to a press release.
SYNNEX has raised more than $1.8 million this year for four Upstate charities: A Child’s Haven, Clement’s Kindness, Make-A-Wish South Carolina, and Pendleton Place.