Antonio and I first met years ago as classmates in Leadership Columbia. I knew he was very involved in community events but had no idea how far reaching his services had become until earlier this month when we caught up.

His employer,HOPE Worldwide, is an international charity that changes lives by harnessing the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers to deliver sustainable, high-impact, community-based services to the poor and needy.

It had been a few months since we had spoken and I quickly realized why. He has been to Nairobi, Kenya, London, Rome, and Zurich Switzerland in just that short span of time.

He was promoted to Vice President of US Programs and is now responsible for HOPE’S 40 program cities that work with over 20,000 volunteers and 132 churches.

He still oversees South Carolina but travels extensively throughout the country providing Technical Assitance and direction to their US Programs.

In this worldwide organization, there are only eight Regional Directors. Antonio is one of those: Africa – Marc Aguirre, United States – Antonio Boyd, United States – David Chaney, Cambodia/China – Daniel Liu, Global HIV Coordinator – Mark Ottenweller, Caribbean – Peter Swaby, Indonesia – Mark Templer and Eurasia – Shawn Wooten.

Antonio and I stay in touch and he’s another example of the great people that live right here in our community!

*** I’d like to regularly introduce outstanding members of our community who are making a difference in the lives of others. If you have a spouse, friend, or colleague who you’d like others to know more about, please contact me here online and I’ll do my best to share their accomplishments with our community.***