Joe Sexton was recently honored as an Ambassador for Economic Development by the Department of Commerce as part of South Carolina’s Industry Appreciation Week. The ceremony took place in Columbia on March 19 on the grounds of the Governor’s mansion and highlighted 47 individuals from 46 counties for their exceptional efforts to bolster community and economic development activities in South Carolina.
“South Carolina is becoming the new ‘it’ state for doing business. And industry and local leaders are helping show the nation and the world the benefits the Palmetto State has to offer companies. Today we celebrate the local leaders who are making a difference and improving the competitiveness of their communities,” said Governor Nikki Haley.
As president of Haier America, a Chinese manufacturer of appliances, Sexton is often called upon to host and provide tours to international and domestic visitors -- especially those from China. He receives those wanting to see the Haier operation and, as his schedule allows, personally shows off the Camden operation. He acts as an ambassador of the company, Kershaw County and the state of South Carolina.
Sexton has overseen the expansion of the company’s Research and Development Group, as well as the continued growth of the workforce of over 200. The presence of Haier, under the leadership of Sexton, has resulted in numerous industrial prospects considering Kershaw County as a location for a new facility.
“Economic development is a team effort, requiring input from organizations and individuals across the state. South Carolina continues to enjoy economic development successes because of the work of the individuals recognized as Ambassadors for Economic Development. They are a vital part of Team South Carolina,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
Each year the Department of Commerce joins local communities to thank businesses for their vital contributions to South Carolina’s economy. The Department of Commerce kicks off Industry Appreciation Week each year by recognizing individuals throughout South Carolina as Ambassadors for Economic Development. These individuals include local leaders from the private sector representing a variety of businesses and economic development organizations committed to securing new jobs and investment in their communities.