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TO EXPRESS THE DEEPEST SYMPATHY OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO THE FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS OF ASHBY WARD, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE MYRTLE BEACH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, UPON HIS DEATH.
Whereas, the members of the General Assembly were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ashby Ward, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce; and
Whereas; Ashby Ward was a native of Lake City and became the Chief Executive Officer of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce in February 1974; and
Whereas, during his tenure, the Myrtle Beach area has experienced substantial growth and worldwide recognition as a major center for recreation, tourism, and business development, and Mr. Ward is widely regarded as a driving force behind the area's economic success; and
Whereas, prior to joining the chamber, Ashby Ward served for four years as the Director of Public Affairs with the South Carolina Technical College System. He also spent ten years as a news anchor for South Carolina television stations in Charleston, Florence, and Columbia; and
Whereas, he is a former president of the South Carolina Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Southern Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He served on the board of directors for the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, served three terms as chairman of the South Carolina Travel and Tourism Forum, and two years as a member of the Advisory Council to the Congressional Tourism Caucus; and
Whereas, in 1995, the South Carolina Senate recognized his work by presenting him with an honorary Doctorate of Commerce degree. Three years later, he was presented the South Carolina Tourism Award from the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism and the Fred Brinkman award from the South Carolina Travel and Tourism Coalition; and
Whereas, in March 2002, the chamber's board of directors honored him for his work in promoting tourism along the Grand Strand by naming the organization's new visitor center in his honor; and
Whereas, Ashby Ward is survived by his wife, Ann, three children, and four grandchildren; and
Whereas, the members of the General Assembly, by this resolution, would like to extend their sincere condolences to his family and many friends upon the death of this truly fine man. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly express their deepest sympathy to the family and many friends of Ashby Ward, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, upon his death.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to his widow, Mrs. Ann Ward.
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