In recognition of his 53 years of employment with the state of South Carolina, then-Gov. Nikki Haley recently awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor, to Robert E. "Bob" Marriott.
“I can find no one more deserving of this prestigious award, and I thank Bob for all he has done to make South Carolina a competitor on a global scale,” Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said.
A state employee since 1964, Marriott has worked through the administrations of 10 different governors, first at the S.C. Department of Transportation before moving on to the S.C. Department of Commerce – then known as the State Development Board – in 1968.
During his years as a project manager at S.C. Commerce, Marriott was responsible for recruiting countless significant investments from globally recognized firms including Cummins, Daimler, Michelin, Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Otis Elevator and Taylor Made. In total, his projects brought $8 billion in capital investment and approximately 30,000 jobs to South Carolina, officials said.
Given solely at the discretion of the governor, the award was established by former Gov. John C. West in 1971.