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Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner 2006

The Second Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner

Anderson Civic Center
May 9, 2006

The second annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner, hosted by the Anderson Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce, took place at the Anderson Civic Center, Anderson, SC on May 9, 2006. It was attended by over 550 members of the community.

Joseph B. Anderson, Jr. was the guest speaker at this year's award dinner. Anderson's background includes thirteen years in the military followed by a business career with General Motors (1979-1992), Composite Energy Management Systems, Inc. (1992-1994), and Chivas Products Limited (1994-2002). Currently, he serves as Chairman & CEO of TAG Holdings, LLC, which supports a variety of industries including automotive, consumer products and recreational vehicles. Anderson's community involvement includes Horizons-Upward Bound Advisory Board, and Board of Directors of Focus: Hope. For his complete biography, click here.

Awards were presented to three individuals and three organizations for their outstanding achievement in promoting diversity in the Upstate. 


Calder D. Ehrmann Outstanding IndividualJohn Miller, President and CEO of AnMed Health (award sponsored by Wachovia Bank)

Outstanding High School Student: Michael Youssef, Southside High School (award sponsored by Bi-Lo, LLC)

Outstanding College StudentElvia Pacheco, USC Upstate (award sponsored by Michelin North America)

Outstanding Non-Profit OrganizationGreenville Literacy Association (award sponsored by the BMW Manufacturing Co.)

Outstanding BusinessBi-Lo, LLC (award sponsored by the University of South Carolina Upstate)

Outstanding Contribution to International Diversity: Michelin North America, Inc. (award sponsored by Furman University)

 Press Coverage

The Greenville NewsAnderson Independent-Mail, The Greenville Journal