The Pioneer Award

Lee E. Rhyant was born in Dawson, Georgia and moved to Fort Pierce, Florida in1954. he is the son of Harding Rhyant and the late Evelyn Rhyant. He was member of Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church prior to relocating to Indianapolis, Indiana.

He is a graduate of Lincoln Park Academy, class of 1968. He attended Bethune Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida where he recieved a B.S. degree in 1972. He has a MBA from Indiana University and has done further study at London School of Business, M.I.T., Harvard, General Motors Institute and the University of Michigan.

He joined Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in July 2000 as Vice President and Site General Manager for the company's Marietta, Georgia facility. He has more than 30 years of aerospace and automotive industry experience in a wide variety of positions, most recently Vice President of Production Operations for Rolls Royce Aerospace, Indianapolis, and plant manager and other senior management positions in General Motors.

Lee serves on many Boards of Directors some of which are Bethune-Cookman College, recently Morris Brown College, Atlanta Area Boy Scouts Council, Safe America Foundation, The Georgian Club, and the United Way of Cobb County, Georgia. he has received numerous awards, honors, and recognition for his community service, most recently, the Outstanding Minority in Business for the Atlanta area.

Lee is married to Evelyn Ingram Rhyant and is the father of twin boys, Roderick and Broderick who are both medical doctors. he has two wonderful daughters-in-law, Anjulia and Andrea. Lee and his wife Evelyn currently live in Roswell, Georgia. They are members of Crooked Creek Baptist Church in Indianapolos, Indiana and attend Zion Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia. He is also a member of the Omega Fraternity.