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April 27, 2007Peggy Binette or Margaret Lamb
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Moore School of Business to honor distinguished alumni May 4

The Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina will honor five business executives May 4 at the school's 12th annual Business Leadership Dinner and Awards Program.

The program will be held at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Recipients of the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Awards are William R. Horton of Columbia and D. Roger Nanney of Dallas, Texas. The Distinguished Young Alumni are Kellie Cooper Johnson of Chapel Hill, N.C., and J. Chad Odom of Greenville. M. Edward Sellers of Columbia will receive the Distinguished Service Award.

Horton, who earned a bachelor's degree from the Moore School in 1973, is president and chief operating officer, Government Programs Division, BlueCross and BlueShield of South Carolina. A licensed certified public accountant, Horton is responsible for four BlueCross subsidiary companies that administer the Medicare and Tricare federal health benefit programs.

Nanney is vice chairman and regional managing partner, Mid-America, for Deloitte & Touche USA LLP. A 1982 graduate of the Moore School's master's program in accountancy, Nanney also has leadership responsibilities for the organization's marketing and business development, including operations in India.

Johnson, who earned her master's degree in business administration in 1991, is senior product manager for GlaxoSmithKline. Based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., she is responsible for the strategy group on the Boniva (a drug to prevent and treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women) brand team.

Odom, a 1992 graduate of the Moore School, is CEO for three Greenville-based companies: Innovative Container, Palmetto Restorations and Pickwick Pharmacy. Innovative Container was named the fastest-growing company in South Carolina in 2003. In 2004, Odom was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for manufacturing and services.

Sellers is chairman and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and The Companion Group of Companies, positions he has held since 1987. The company is the state's largest private-sector employer and has more than 13,000 employees in 11 states. Sellers is chairman of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, former chairman of The Palmetto Business Forum, vice-chairman of The Palmetto Institute and a director of The National Bank of South Carolina. He was named 2002 Business Leader of the Year by the S.C. Chamber of Commerce.

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