Jim Newsome Named 2022 Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award Winner

We are thrilled to announce that Jim Newsome, former President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority, will be honored with the prestigious Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award at The Honors on September 7. Through his years of leadership, he has proven to be an outstanding leader who is committed to making the community a better place to live, work and do business.

Named after one of the region’s most notable and popular leaders, the late father of Former Mayor Joe Riley, the Joseph P. Riley award was initiated in 1992 by the Charleston Metro Chamber. This prestigious award recognizes an outstanding leader who has, through a lifetime of leadership, committed to making the community a better place to live, work and do business. The recipients of this award are dedicated to serving and strengthening the Charleston community.

Newsome has served at the helm of South Carolina Ports since 2009 and recently retired in June of this year. During his tenure, Newsome significantly enhanced port operations, grew the port’s cargo base with strategic investments, led the doubling of cargo volumes in a decade and successfully created vital infrastructure projects. His efforts have ensured a fluid supply chain and created jobs throughout the state.

Newsome will be celebrated for his incredible impact to our region at The Honors on September 7 at the American Theater. The Chamber will also recognize other outstanding business leaders and organizations, who are doing exceptional work in our region with Honors Awards.

Previous winners of the Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award include Dr. David Cole (2021), Dr. Jairy C. Hunter (2019), Len Hutchison (2018), Perry Keith Waring (2017), W. Brian Moody (2016) and Thompson E. Penney (2015). 

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