July 19, 2018

AT&T South Carolina Former President Named Columbia Chamber’s 2018 Ambassador of the Year


Former AT&T South Carolina President named Columbia Chamber’s 2018 Ambassador of the Year.

The Columbia Chamber will honor AT&T South Carolina former President Pamela P. Lackey at the Chamber’s 116th Annual Gala, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield, Thursday, October 4, 2018. The Ambassador of the Year Award, sponsored by Colonial Life, is presented to a member of the community who exemplifies outstanding business ethics and has influenced positive promotion and preservation of the greater Midlands.

“The Annual Gala allows the Chamber to recognize individuals who are striving to make positive impacts in the business and local community,” said Carl Blackstone, Columbia Chamber President and CEO. “Pam has a strong passion for community outreach and educating the next generation of leaders.”

Prior to her telecommunications career, Lackey was a professional educator. She joined AT&T’s predecessor company, BellSouth, in 1997 and initially served in the business marketing group. In that role she was instrumental in establishing the state’s first broadband network to provide high-speed Internet services to schools and libraries. She was subsequently promoted to the position of Director-Government Relations and then named to her current position in 2007.

Out of the office, Lackey is extensively engaged in community and civic affairs through leadership roles with numerous local and state organizations. Currently, she is a co-chair of Transform SC, a Past Chair of the SC State Chamber of Commerce, and a Vice Chair of the S.C. Ports Authority Board. Having previously served on various education and arts boards, Lackey is currently serving on the Business Partnership Foundation at USC’s Moore School of Business, the Palmetto AgriBusiness Council, Hollings Cancer Center Advisory Board, the International African American Museum Board. She is the first female chair of the Palmetto Business Forum and the South Carolina Ports Authority.

“Colonial Life is proud to honor Pam with this year’s Ambassador of the Year Award,” Colonial Life President and CEO Tim Arnold said. “She has played numerous roles in bettering our community. Whether it be in business, arts, or education, Pam uses her skills and knowledge to make positive changes that last.”

Past Ambassador of the Year winners include Dawn Staley, University of South Carolina; John W. Folsom, Colliers International; former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley; Dr. Harris Pastides, University of South Carolina; Bill and Lou Kennedy, Nephron Pharmaceuticals; and Charles D. Beaman Jr., Palmetto Health. Additional 2018 awards include the Young Professional of the Year, Public Servant of the Year, Military Advocate of the Year and Diplomat of the Year.

For more information about the Gala, please contact Rebekah Babovic at 803.733.1138. To become a Partner or learn more about the Chamber visit

About Columbia Chamber

The Columbia Chamber is a private, non-profit, Partner-driven organization comprised of 1,200 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties. The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of its Partners and the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, social, cultural and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its partners through networking, professional development, advocacy, and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.

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