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Chamber Names Perry K. Waring as 2017 Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award Winner

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The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce names Perry Keith Waring as the winner of the 2017 Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award.

The prestigious award, given annually as part of the Chamber’s Honors Night, celebrates a visionary leader doing extraordinary work to strengthen the community, who is also an outstanding community volunteer that has demonstrated a lifetime of leadership.

Also referred to as the “Big Joe” Leadership Award, the Joseph P. Riley award was initiated in 1992 by the Charleston Metro Chamber, named for one of our region’s finest citizens, the late father of Former Mayor Joe Riley, who was also instrumental in many areas of growth in the region.


Waring, who has spent much of his career dedicated to strengthening the Charleston community, is the Charleston City Councilmember representing District Seven. Waring has tried to live his life by this motto: “Always give honor to God, have an abiding love for family and have enormous respect for the community.”

Additionally, Waring served on the Charleston Metro Chamber Board of Directors and Executive Committee from 1996 to 2012 and was the Chairman of the Board from 2002 to 2003. During his time as Chairman, Waring mounted a campaign for the passage of the half-cent sales tax in Charleston County. This nationally recognized campaign resulted in the passage of the referendum, which will provide more than $1.3 billion over its lifetime for roads, public transit and parks in the community.

Waring also helped to build community support that resulted in a school building program in Charleston County School District that has resulted in the renovation and construction of state-of-the-art school facilities throughout Charleston County School District for almost two decades

A native Charlestonian, Waring grew up West of the Ashley in the St. Andrews Parish area, the very district which he now represents in Charleston City Council. His parents instilled in him the conviction that you must give back to your community. Waring has taken this notion to heart as he has served the Charleston community on multiple boards, including Roper St. Francis, Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board, Charleston NAACP Freedom Fund Celebration, Diocese of Charleston Finance Board and the Wells Fargo Bank Local Advisory Board among others.

He has been married to his wife Donna for more than 40 years. They have three children and several grandchildren.

Waring will be honored for his years of service and dedication to the Charleston region at the 2017 Honors Night event on Wednesday, September 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the historic Dock Street Theatre. Winners of the following awards will also be presented: The Trailblazer; The Beacon; The Rock Star; The Pillar; The Milestone; and The One to Watch. Click to view a list of winners.


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