Twenty-four community leaders, from a hospital CEO leading the charge against COVID-19 to a public servant helping fight homelessness, have been honored as 2021 Columbia Regional Business Report Icons & Phenoms.
For the third year, the Business Report is honoring a pair of groups making an impact on the area business scene: Icons, the respected pillars who have established standards of business and civic excellence; and Phenoms, the motivated go-getters who are getting things done in new and exciting ways.
Honorees represent industries ranging from finance and law to nonprofits and engineering and will be recognized at an Aug. 25 luncheon at the DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia. Tickets are still available, so come help celebrate your friends and colleagues. And don't forget to congratulate them online using the hashtag #crbriconsphenoms.
Award recipients, nominated by Business Report readers and selected by a panel of judges, will be recognized at an online event Aug. 5. A profile of each honoree will be published in the July 20 print edition of the Business Report.
The 2021 Columbia Regional Business Report Icons & Phenoms are:
- Tod Augsburger, president and CEO, Lexington Medical Center
- John Barnes, co-founder and CEO, Pendleton Street Business Advisors
- Linda Bell, S.C. state epidemiologist and director of DHEC's Bureau of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control
- Sara Fawcett, president and CEO, United Way of the Midlands
- Erin Ford, interim CEO, SCBIO
- Cheryl Holland, president of Abacus Planning Group
- Dominik Mjartan, president and CEO, Optus Bank
- Mary Louise Resch, director of Philanthropy, Central S.C. Habitat for Humanity
- Pat Smith, agency director, Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School
- Byron Snellgrove, city of Cayce director of public safety
- Joe Taylor, owner, Park and Washington
- Ram'on Wideman, owner/president and CEO of Anointed Business Solutions LLC
- Phill Blair, owner, The Whig/WECO Bottle & Biergarten
- Lyndey Bryant, business litigation attorney, Adams and Reese LLP
- Ryan Coleman, director of economic development for the city of Columbia
- Joseph Dickey, managing partner, Dickey Law Group
- Tracy Hegler, city manager, city of Cayce
- Ashley Hunter, CEO, MPA Strategies
- Amanda Loveday, COO, NP Strategy
- Shayla Merritt, senior marketing coordinator, SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson
- Travis McNeal, executive director, Oliver Gospel Mission
- Katie Oliver, CFO, DartPoints LLC
- Josh Rabon, managing partner, Civil Engineering of Columbia
- Tommy Volz, Eastern U.S. sponsorship marketing manager, Wells Fargo