Upstate, SC [December 5, 2016] – Longtime Upstate Community Leader Minor Mickel Shaw and Ten at the Top Executive Director Dean Hybl were recognized during the 2016 Celebrating Successes Forum hosted by Ten at the Top on November 29th. Shaw was honored with the 2016 Welling Award for Regional Collaboration and the first-ever Burdette Leadership Award. Hybl was surprised by Welling with another Welling Award in recognition of his efforts since becoming the first full-time director for Ten at the Top in 2010.

    The Welling Award for Regional Collaboration was developed in 2012 in recognition of Irv Welling III, the founding chairman of Ten at the Top. It is given annually to an individual, business or organization whose actions have demonstrated a sustained commitment and effort towards developing and fostering regional collaboration that works strategically to make the Upstate one of the best places to live, learn, do business and raise a family.

    Minor Mickel Shaw has been engaged in numerous local, regional and national efforts that help enhance economic vitality and quality of life in the Upstate. She serves as the chairperson of the Greenville Spartanburg Airport Commission and has been involved in a wide array of efforts that enhance regional thinking including serving as a founding member of the Ten at the Top Executive Committee and leading the effort to expand the focus of what is now Community Works Carolina from its initial creation as the Greenville Housing Fund.

    “We would be here all night if I listed all the things Minor has been a part of,” said Welling. “She understands the big picture and has displayed many times her commitment to making the Upstate a better place.”

    Since becoming the Executive Director of Ten at the Top when the organization moved from an ad hoc group to an incorporated non-profit, Dean Hybl has helped elevate the conversation around thinking across community and stakeholder boundaries. Ten at the Top has hosted more than 600 regional engagements with over 30,000 participants and is focused on building collaborative partnerships, strategic actions and collective capacity across the region.

    “Dean hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped since,” Welling said of Hybl’s efforts over the last seven years. “He has worked tirelessly to spread the idea that working together will make all of us stronger and we are seeing the impact.”

    The Burdette Leadership Award was established by the Ten at the Top Board of Directors to recognize Carol Burdette, the first female chairperson for Ten at the Top (serving for 2014-2015). The award is given to a woman who both leads and serves in the Upstate.

    “Minor Shaw is a true servant leader,” Burdette said. “She has done so many things to enhance the lives for all of us in the Upstate region both through her leadership and her willingness to serve.”

    Ten at the Top is a regional collaboration organization focused on promoting collaboration, partnerships and strategic planning across the Upstate on issues that impact economic vitality and quality of life in the ten-county region.