Howard Presented Barbara H. James 20/20 Vision Pacesetter Award

July 8, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – July 8, 2008 – S. Hunter Howard, Jr., president and chief executive officer of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, has been presented the Barbara H. James 20/20 Vision Pacesetter Award for his contribution to education and work force development. The award was presented at the Education and Business Summit in Greenville on June 25 where Howard also served as luncheon speaker.

“I am extremely honored to receive this distinguished award. Education has always been a passion of mine, especially work force development. I am proud of the system that educators and the business community have come together to achieve, and I know their collaboration will continue.” 

The Barbara H. James 20/20 Vision Pacesetter Award represents a philosophy of leadership, innovation and vision that serves to motivate educators, students, parents and communities. The award is presented to an individual pacesetter who leads involvement and interest in educational endeavors so that all may internalize the same qualities. Hunter Howard’s career includes education involvement such as service on the Charleston Southern University Board of Trustees, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Business Advisory Council, Clemson University ICAR Economic Development Advisory Council and Junior Achievement of Greater Columbia. He is also past chair of the South Carolina Council on Economic Education.

Howard will retire from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce on September 30, 2008.

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 6,500 member companies and more than 600,000 member 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 per capita income and enhancing the state’s global competitiveness in order to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.