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Don Mills (left), 2009 Citizen of the Year, with Daneel le Roux, 2010 Citizen of the Year.

The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce presented Daneel le Roux, President of Eastern Carolina Vocational Center (ECVC), the 2010 Citizen of the Year award during its Annual Dinner on January 13. 

le Roux introduced an entrepreneurial philosophy into ECVC that before had struggled to survive on grants, regardless of its important mission.  Today, ECVC is able to focus on a strong commitment to the quality of life of its employees as a result.  And it might be non-profit, but it operates as a business with an entrepreneur at its helm.

le Roux has created an industry with federal contracts and recycling, and quality of life opportunities for the disabled.  In addition to the 235 who work there, at least another 100 people are served through ECVC with training and job placement.  That new entrepreneurial philosophy that le Roux has built over the years is manifested today in numerous awards for ECVC and for its leader.  Most recently, le Roux was awarded the Milton Cohen Leadership Award from the National Council of Work Centers.

le Roux is sometimes known as “Mr. Rotary,” having held about every office and in recent years serving as District Governor.  Just last year, he was named Outstanding Rotarian in the district for the third time.  He also is a Paul Harris Fellow and was honored with Rotary International’s Citation for Meritorious Service.  He remains Chairman of the Rotary District Foundation. 

Environmental, economic development and appreciation awards are abundant in recent years.  But le Roux thinks the best awards are the ones he can GIVE.  A “star” program and “thank you grams” are highlights at ECVC, recognizing employees for outstanding contributions. 

He has recently started a new program to inspire those who enter the Pitt County Courthouse by donating beautifully framed portraits of leaders such as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.  This month in fact, a portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be hung in the courthouse.

The Chamber annually presents its Citizen of the Year Award to honor a man or woman who has made significant contribution to the Greenville-Pitt County community. The award represents a prestigious recognition by the community of the recipient’s commitment and dedication to the advancement of the Greenville area.

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