World Affairs Council holds annual gala
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The Global Vision Award went to Columbia's Ed Sellers, chairman and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and the Companion Group of companies. According to the night's printed program, the corporation's businesses include health insurance, administrative services, contracting, Medicare intermediary functions, Department of Defense TRICARE intermediary functions, a life insurance company, a property & casualty insurance company, computer technology businesses, and an HMO. Total revenue last year was $3 billion.
Sellers became the CEO in 1992 and chairman in 2001. He is also chairman for New Carolina, which he helped establish to make South Carolina's economy stronger and more competitive in a new global environment. One key measurement of where South Carolina stands relative to the rest of the country is per capita income. S.C. lags behind at 82 percent of the national average.