Don Leonard said it felt like it was his birthday when we surprised him in the lobby of his office on the corner of 35th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.
His real estate and development company, Leonard, Call & Associates, is our March Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank.
When Leonard moved to the area, he learned that if he wanted to get involved in the community and get to know the movers and shakers quickly, he ought to join the chamber. He did and even served as chair of the board in 1978-1979, when our board terms still ran on the fiscal, not calendar, year.
Leonard is also part of Leonard, Grigg and Associates, a company formed with Roger Grigg in 1990. Together, the pair have developed more than 40 parcels of land including sites now recognized as Kingston Plantation, Mar Vista Grande, Blackmoor, Indigo Creek, and Carolina Forest’s Springlake.
Over the years, Leonard served on many other boards, including the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina Hall of Fame, Board of Visitors of the Wall School of Business, Grand Strand Medical Center, National Bank of South Carolina, Brookgreen Gardens and United Way. He also has served on the board of trustees for his alma mater Wake Forest University.
Leonard was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor by Gov. David Beasley in 1997.
He was first appointed to the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank by Gov. Mark Sanford in 2003. He was reappointed by Sanford in 2007. In 2010, Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Leonard to her transition team, and named him chair of the S.C. Transportation Infrastructure Bank in 2011.
Leonard, Call & Associates
3501 N. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
About Leading Business of the Month
The first Wednesday of every month, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Leading Business of the Month. This special promotion, sponsored by South State Bank, recognizes a company that has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber for a minimum of five years. The business is randomly selected. The company displays a banner at their place of business for one month recognizing them as the Leading Business of the Month.