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December 15, 2020


Dec. 15, 2020

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Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
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Ozell J. Newman, M.S., P.E. Named 2021 Ann DeBock Leadership Award Winner

Ozell J. NewmanMYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Ozell J. Newman, M.S., P.E., manager, area distribution engineering for Santee Cooper, has been named the 2021 Leadership Grand Strand Ann DeBock Leadership Award winner. Newman is an alumnus of Leadership Grand Strand (LGS) Class XXIV.

Presented by LGS, a 10-month leadership program of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, the prestigious annual award honors one LGS graduate who exhibits outstanding leadership and service in the community. The recipient must volunteer in service or civic roles, serve on appointed boards or commissions, and exhibit an overall demonstration of effective leadership skills.

Newman has been employed with Santee Cooper for nearly 28 years. He currently oversees the daily activities of the Garden City and Conway Area Engineering Unit. Throughout his tenure with the company, Newman has worked in several areas including metering and distribution design, project design and system improvement and franchise conversion groups. He has been instrumental in working with the command center application, serving as the distribution automation functional leader and a member of the meter data management (MDM) implementation core team.

“Ozell’s impressive accomplishments, both professionally and personally, really set him apart during the nomination process,” said Josh Holford, LGS Board of Regents chair. “Ozell has demonstrated customer service skills, leadership qualities and technical expertise within his career. And while he has had many successes in his career, his personal commitment to the community, particularly the youth, is where he really shines.”

Newman has volunteered with many nonprofits in the community including the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America Troop 828, Horry County March of Dimes, Partners for Minorities in Engineering and Computer Science, UofSC Horry County Alumni Club, and the Academy for the Arts, Science & Technology. He is passionate about helping area youth, as evidenced by his involvement in the 100 Black Men of America Inc., Myrtle Beach Chapter, where he served as vice president of programs and past co-director of the Youth Leadership Academy. He has been responsible for special fundraising efforts to raise money for scholarships for young men seeking to continue their education. Newman has also helped shape the lives of young males through the Mu Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., which is a public service organization that meets the needs of the community through active and impactful engagement, such as teaching etiquette, teamwork, active community participation and life skills.

Three finalists were identified during the nomination process: James McIlrath, John Rowe, III and Janice Ash Sialiano.

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. For more information, visit LeadershipGrandStrand.com or call 843-916-7222.

About Leadership Grand Strand

The goal of Leadership Grand Strand, a program of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, is to develop a corps of informed, committed and qualified individuals capable of providing dynamic leadership for the Grand Strand. Over the years, Leadership Grand Strand has created a cadre of leaders who guide the direction of change throughout the Grand Strand. For more information about the program, visit LeadershipGrandStrand.com.

About the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Since 1938, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has stood as the unified voice of the Grand Strand's business community. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the MBACC its five-star accreditation - one of only a few chambers in South Carolina to earn this distinction. MBACC serves Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Little River, Atlantic Beach, Garden City Beach, Loris, Conway, Aynor, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach, Pawleys Island, Socastee and Carolina Forest. For more information, visit MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com.

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