Beaufort Chamber Announces 9th Annual Civitas Award Winners


The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau is pleased to announce the winners for its 9th Annual CIVITAS Awards for Business Excellence. The CIVITAS Awards recognize those in the region who exemplify the success of business and the spirit of the community. Individuals, businesses and organizations were honored at the CIVITAS Awards dinner and ceremony on Thursday, June 24 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Beaufort.

The winners in each of the 12 CIVITAS categories are chosen by an independent team of volunteer judges. Applicants completed a brief questionnaire for the judging process.

The winners by category are:

Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year:  Sergeant Charles E. Jackson II

Junior Enlisted Service Member of the Year: Hospitalman Holden J. Roberts

Military Citizen of the Year:  Steve Illes

Outstanding Employee of the Year:  Corina Altamirano

Outstanding Leadership Beaufort Alumni: Kendall Erickson

Outstanding Young Professional: Huntley Duryea

Outstanding Non-Profit:  Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry

Community Stewardship: Hargray

Tourism Leadership:  Susan Sauer, Discover Tours

Excellence in Free Enterprise:  Kazoobie Kazoos

Regional Economic Impact:  Beaufort Memorial Hospital

Lifetime of Leadership: Henry Chambers

The 9th Annual CIVITAS Awards for Business Excellence was sponsored by The Beaufort Gazette.

The award sponsors for the 2010 CIVITAS Awards were Biopsy Diagnostics, Technical College of the Lowcountry, United Way of the Lowcountry, Parker Hannifin Racor Division, Lowcountry Young Professionals, Regions Bank, Malcom Goodridge, Alumni of Leadership Beaufort, City Loft Hotel, Cuthbert House Inn, Old Point Inn and MCAS Beaufort Federal Credit Union. Contributing Sponsors include Lowcountry Real Estate, Palmetto State Bank and BB&T.

This event was also made possible by the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau’s business partners: Hargray, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, MCAS Beaufort Federal Credit Union, Parker Hannifin Racor Division, Century Link, First Citizens Bank, Regions Bank, SCE&G / SCANA, Wachovia Bank / Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

The Chamber’s Media Partners include Adventure Radio, Beaufort Lifestyles, Bluffton Today, The Island News and WHHI.

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