400 attend Charleston Metro Chamber's Honors Night


The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce recently hosted its annual Honors Night, celebrating the achievements of Charleston-area organizations and leaders who show great commitment to the area's economic development and quality of life.

The Sept. 10 event at the Francis Marion Hotel was attended by more than 400 people. Award winners included:

- The Trailblazer Award: BoomTown

This award honors an organization that has created an innovative product or service. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Charleston, BoomTown specializes in real estate services that include a customized real estate website integrated with local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data, personalized online advertising, client success management, and a cutting-edge Customer Relationship Management system with marketing automation.

- The Beacon Award: Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park

Honoring a project or structure that epitomizes aesthetics and improves quality of life, Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park opened in 1997 and is the official home of the Charleston RiverDogs. It is on the Ashley River.

- The Pillar Award: Joint Base Charleston

This award recognizes an organization that has demonstrated long-term excellence. Joint Base Charleston (JBC) is made up of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and other Department of Defense missions working together in the global fight against terrorism. Annually, the organization's economic impact is more than $8.8 billion.

- The Rock Star Award: WestRock Land and Development (Nexton)

This award honors an organization that has made great strides in making a positive impact on the Charleston region. WestRock Land and Development oversees a portfolio of land holdings including master-planned communities that feature unique design elements with high tech services, parks and recreation areas, community events and access to nearby schools.

- The Milestone Award: Croghan's Jewel Box

This award is given to a small business (50 employees or less) that has demonstrated excellence in entrepreneurship, employee relations, diversity and community contribution and involvement. Croghan's Jewel Box in Charleston is the oldest family-owned jewelry store in the area, operating for more than a century. The store is a regular donor to charitable events and is featured often in national press.

- The One To Watch Award: Elizabeth Wooten Burwell, Wells Fargo

This award honors a young professional who has experienced success in business and community leadership. Burwell is vice president of business banking with Wells Fargo, a native of Charleston and a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She is president-elect of the Junior League of Charleston and an elder at the Rockville Presbyterian Church. She also serves on the Charleston Rotary Club and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the Chamber's Leadership Charleston 40th Anniversary Class of 2014.

- The Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award: Thom Penney, LS3P

This award is bestowed upon a visionary leader doing extraordinary, lifelong work to strengthen the community. Penney is president and chief executive officer of LS3P.

For more information about the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, visit www.charlestonchamber.net.

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