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The purpose of Business Person of the Year seems simple enough: to recognize an outstanding business executive in the greater Columbia area. The award’s stringent criteria, however, weed out all but the most deserving of candidates: We expect principled business leadership, strategic thinking, a relentless pursuit of excellence, robust workplace values, and significant participation within the community itself.

The winner of the award will exhibit all of these characteristics and be honored at a black-tie celebration attended by colleagues, peers, and members of the business community. The Business Person of the Year will also make an address outlining his or her principles and philosophies to attendees.