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2018 Ann DeBock Leadership Award Presented to Colonel Howard D. Barnard III

Carla Schuessler

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The 2018 Ann DeBock Leadership Award was presented to Colonel Howard D. Barnard III last night at the Ann DeBock Leadership Award Alumni Association Social. Presented by Leadership Grand Strand (LGS), a 9-month leadership program of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, the annual award honors one alumnus who has exhibited outstanding leadership and service. The recipient must volunteer in service or civic roles, serve on appointed boards or commissions, and exhibit an overall demonstration of effective leadership skills.

“I am so pleased to present this award to Howard,” said Ashley Setzer, Chairwoman of the LGS Board of Regents. “His LGS class estimates that his hard work and selfless dedication to public service has positively impacted more than five million people around the world. His efforts benefit us all and will continue to benefit the region for years to come. His is a lasting legacy, and we are so fortunate to have him in our community.”

Colonel Barnard earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and two masters’ degrees--one from the University of Oklahoma and one the U.S. Army War College. Howard is an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam conflict and Desert Storm. He served his country for 28 years as a fighter pilot and paratrooper and earned several medals, including two Distinguished Flying Crosses.

After retiring, Howard settled in Horry County and focused on helping his community. He faithfully served his church for more than 30 years, spent eight years on the Horry County Council, served on the board for Habitat for Humanity and volunteered for several groups including the Horry County Literacy Council and the Carolina Trust Supervisory Board. Howard was also a member of the Surfside Rotary Club, and he has been instrumental in serving over 10,000 meals per year through New Directions Men’s Shelter. Howard also participated in disaster relief efforts around the world, helping in the Bahamas, New Orleans, Honduras, Mexico, Haiti and other regions.

The Ann DeBock Leadership Award was commissioned and started by Class XIX in memory of Ann DeBock, the executive director of Leadership Grand Strand from its inception in 1979 until her death in 1998.

This is the only award presented by Leadership Grand Strand and it is set up to recognize the LGS alumnus who best exemplifies our ideals of leadership and service. As you will see from the list below the past winners of this award are a "Who's Who" of the Grand Strand's finest community leaders:

2000 Vernie Dove
2001 Warren Gall
2002 Lance Thompson
2003 Bill Alford
2004 Susan Grissom Means
2005 Richard Hair
2006 Nick Sherfessee
2007 Dennis Wade
2008 David Brittain
2009 Greg Everett
2010 Bill Pritchard
2011 Barbara Blain-Olds
2012 Dr. Debbie Conner
2013 Danny Isaac, Jr.
2014 Greg Hembree
2015 John Bertang
2016 Marjorie Thompson
2017 Carla Schuessler
2018 Howard Barnard III


Criteria for Award Nominees

Selection Procedures

LGS classes will be divided into four groups. LGS alumni will be asked to nominate candidates for the Ann DeBock Leadership Award. The LGS Board of Regents will choose four finalists and assign one to each of the four groups. The groups will then provide a written and verbal presentation (which will be taped) on said nominee. These four nominees will then be presented to the class and the LGS Board of Regents members of the Ann DeBock Leadership Award Selection Committee where the overall winner will be decided.

The selection committee will be comprised of four volunteers: (1) Executive Director and (3) Board of Regents members. A majority vote is required for a winner to be selected.

Presentation of the Award

During the Ann DeBock Leadership Award Social in May the recipient and their family will be invited to attend and the presentation of this prestigious award will be made. The recipient will also be recognized again at the chamber's annual meeting in April, an article will be published about them in the Grand Strander newsletter, and they will be highlighted on the Leadership Grand Strand website. Additionally, each award winner will be provided with a copy of the written award nomination that was presented on their behalf.

For more information regarding these scholarships or to make a donation, contact Diana Greene, executive director, by email or call (843) 916-7222.