Columbia, SC — The Columbia area has had no greater champion than Ike McLeese, and he has changed our community for the better in ways most of us don’t even realize. He has many public accomplishments, but his personal help and influence can’t be overlooked.
In 1988, Ike took the time to sit down and teach a history major from USC how to write a press release. That 30 minutes of Ike’s time helped me have a pretty good career over the past 25 years.
I know one of the people Ike admires most is Bobby Kennedy, who in 1966 said: “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
I want to thank Ike, who recently announced he will be stepping down as CEO of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, for the tiny ripple of help he gave me then and for the heck of a river ride it’s meant to me.