Brenan to be honored by Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Longtime Midlands banking executive and community leader Mike Brenan will be honored as the Columbia Chamber of Commerce's Ambassador of the Year next month.

Brenan, regional president for the South Carolina region of Truist Financial Corp., began his banking career in 1975. Named chairman, president and CEO of MainStreet Financial Corp. in 1994, he became regional president in South Carolina for BB&T Corp. in 1999 after that organization acquired MainStreet. He was named to his current position in 2019.

Brenan serves on various boards, including SCBIO, Midlands Business Leadership Group, the SC Philharmonic, TransformSC and the South Carolina Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation. He is the governor's appointee to the state board of education and has received the S.C. Chamber of Commerce's Business Leader of the Year award, the United Way of the Midlands' Humanitarian of the Year award and the University of South Carolina's Distinguished Service award.

"The annual gala allows the Chamber to recognize individuals who make a positive impact in the business and local community," Carl Blackstone, Columbia Chamber president and CEO, said in a news release. "There are very few that have had as much influence in our area as Mike Brenan. A dedicated steward of the Midlands, Mike recognizes the importance of being a good public...

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