2007-10-19 / Business

World Affairs Council holds annual gala

Photos and story by John Temple Ligon Temple@TheColumbiaStar.com

Photos and story by  John Temple Ligon Temple@TheColumbiaStar.com

Ed Sellers, Thelma Salmond and Jasper Salmond Ed Sellers, Thelma Salmond and Jasper Salmond The Columbia World Affairs Council held its annual Global Vision Award Gala October 11, 2007, in the main ballroom of the Marriott Hotel.

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.

Haneez Zattam Haneez Zattam Sellers and his New Carolina are pushing for greater productivity in the state and a fuller employment rate, combining the two for a higher per capita income.

Lindsy Spires and Amy Love Lindsy Spires and Amy Love
Emerson Smith Emerson Smith
Alan Kahn Alan Kahn

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