2014 TORCH AWARDS HONOREES
THE HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Noel Massie, President – UPS, South California District
Noel Massie began his UPS career in 1977 in Oakland, California. Currently, he serves as President of the South California District of UPS and is responsible for all operations, customer relationship management, and revenue management of just over $3 billion annually. The District employs nearly 20,000 employees and serves over 150,000 customers daily. Over the years, Noel has served in many capacities within the organization and in locations all around the country. His experience includes work in daily operations, engineering, learning and development, and even working in Atlanta at UPS’s Corporate Headquarters.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray
In 1977 Dr. Murray was assigned to First African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest black church in Los Angeles. He grew an active membership from 300 in 1977, to over 17,000 members. Following mandatory retirement at age 75 as required by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, in 2004 Chip Murray was brought on board the following year at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California, holding the Tansey Chair in Christian Ethics as adjunct professor. In addition to lectures and teaching engagements, he serves as co-founder of the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, an outreach program to underserved communities in procuring jobs, forming and operating 501(c)(3) corporations, church management, obtaining grant funding, and generally becoming empowered to lift their communities. Graduates of the Faith Leaders Institute receive a certificate of course completion from USC.
CORPORATION OF THE YEAR
Toyota is the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, and is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands.
Our 1,500 North American dealerships sold more than 2.3 million cars and trucks in 2012 – and about 80 percent of all Toyotas sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.
Toyota strives to assist the communities where we live and work by supporting national organizations focused on the areas of environment, education, and safety. To date, Toyota has contributed more than $700 million to American nonprofit groups.
In addition, they engage with diverse communities and support initiatives in other areas of need, such as food, housing, and the arts, that enrich and enhance the lives of the people who live there.