Community Builder: CPA has heart for giving back

Community Builder Terry Schmoyer
Community Builder Terry Schmoyer

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - By day he crunches numbers, and by night those who know Terry Schmoyer say he gives back to the community with however many hours he has left.

Even though he stays busy as president of the CPA firm Schmoyer and Company, LLC, Terry currently volunteers for more than one-half dozen non-profits.

The folks at the Midlands Chapter of the American Heart Association say their annual Heart Walk would be nearly impossible without him, and they recently nominated him to be recognized for our Community Builder award in partnership with Mungo Homes.

WIS and Mungo Homes recently surprised Schmoyer at his office with the help of his wife Wendy, his co-workers and folks from the American Heart Association.

"Obviously we appreciate that he is so involved with the American Heart Association," said Valerie Bridges with the American Heart Association. "But it's just that he is also so involved in so many other things and he truly is a community builder."

Schmoyer helped start the Heart Walk in Columbia 16 years ago. Every year since, he has helped plan and organize the walk which has grown from 700 walkers in its first year to 6,000 today.

"He truly, from the beginning to the end, handles everything," said Bridges. "Without him it would probably be a big failure because he's done it for so long."

A look around Schmoyer's office makes it clear that his spare time is spent giving back.

"He's on the board of the Community Foundation, he works with Communities In Schools," said co-worker Kathy Wine. "He's on the board of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society."

In all, Schmoyer is actively involved on eight boards and committees for non-profits and organizations in the Midlands.

But it's the way he carries himself that makes those who know him so appreciative of who he is.

"Terry is the most optimistic, most positive person I've ever known," said Wine. "The glass is always half full and he always sees the best in every situation."

Schmoyer said he wouldn't have it any other way. He enjoys giving back and pouring into the Midlands.

"It means a lot to me because I'm a business owner in Columbia, and I want to see it flourish and see schools do well, and kids graduate and become good citizens," he said.

In addition to being named a Community Builder, Schmoyer will be awarded $1,000 to the charity of his choice from the Michael J. Mungo Foundation. Schmoyer said he plans to split it between the American Heart Association's Heart Walk and Heart Ball.

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