Three from area recognized as emerging business leaders


Three area young business and professional people were recently recognized at the fourth annual 20 Under 40 Awards program in Anderson. Local honorees included Caroline Alex, Richard Blake Sanders and Chris Trotter.

The program, sponsored by the local daily newspaper, salutes the Upstate’s emerging and talented business leaders under the age of 40 who excel in their industry and show dynamic leadership. The recognition is also in partnership with the United Way’s LEADERSHIPnext program.

Honorees were recognized in a 20 Under 40 special newspaper section, at the 20 Under 40 Awards luncheon and invited to participate in the United Way LEADERSHIPnext 2014-2015 class.

Alex is the Executive Director of the Main Street Williamston program and serves on the Board of the Williamston Historic Commission and the Palmetto Farmers Market.

Sanders is a Senior Landscape Architect with Alta Planning and Design, outgoing president of the Anderson County Municipal Association, a West Pelzer Town Councilmenber and serves on Main Street Williamston’s Economic Restructuring and Design committee.

Trotter is president of the Greater Williamston Business Association and owner of two local businesses, Central Vac and Twice the Ice. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Main Street Williamston program, is a member of the Piercetown Fire Department and volunteers as a SLED Advanced State Constable, the Williamston Police Department, Anderson County Sheriff’’s Office and Anderson City Police Department.