MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Ian Maguire, Esquire/Owner of The Maguire Law Firm was chosen as the 2019 Leadership Grand Strand Ann DeBock Leadership Award Winner. Maguire was presented with the award at a ceremony during the Ann DeBock Leadership Award Alumni Social at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club on Jan. 25. Presented by Leadership Grand Strand, a 9-month leadership program of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, the annual award honors one LGS graduate who exhibits 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.
“We had incredible nominees put forth each year for this award,” said Ashley Setzer, LGS Board of Regents Chair. “Ian truly stood out for the many contributions he has made to our community over the past 20 years through many different organizations.”
Maguire has dedicated time and leadership to Horry County Special Olympics, March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, Grand Strand Rape Crisis Center, St. Andrew’s School Board, Early-College High School, North Myrtle Beach Civitans, South Carolina Bar Worker’s Compensation Section, Injured Worker’s Advocates of South Carolina and the LGS Board of Regents. He also is an active volunteer for the Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach, has coached mock trial teams at Socastee High School and recently helped lead the St. Andrew Catholic School Mock Trial team to a first-place finish at regionals.
During the LGS Ann DeBock Leadership Award Alumni social three finalists for the award were recognized; Randy Harrison (posthumously), John Poston and Jeffrey Wisniewski.
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
2019 Ian D. Maguire
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.
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.