Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce exists to promote, protect and improve Grand Strand businesses. The chamber does so through the work of its board of directors and committees, as well as special task forces appointed as needed. Committees are made up of representatives of investor businesses and organizations who serve a one-year term.

For a list of scheduled committee meetings, please visit our online calendar. For other information related to committees, you may email the information desk at Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce or call (843) 626-7444.


The Marketing Council oversees policy making and resource allocation specifically by and for tourism promotional efforts of the chamber. For more information, email the staff liaison, Mary Mroz.

  • Council Chair - Matt Klugman, Vacation Myrtle Beach Resorts
  • Vice Chair - Patrick Norton, Brittain Resorts & Hotels 
  • Ryan Swaim, Dunes Reality
  • Cindy Hull, Myrtle Beach Marriott at the Grande Dunes
  • Chris Shroff, Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts
  • Andy Milovich, Myrtle Beach Pelicans
  • Robert Stinnett, WonderWorks Myrtle Beach
  • Bill McGonigal, Ocean Sands
  • Larry Bond, BondFire Restaurant Group
  • David Nelson, Marina Inn at the Grande Dunes

Business Development Committee

The Business Development Committee oversees the programs and services designed to benefit the chamber's investors and serves as the voice of small business. For more information, email the staff, liaison, Diana Greene

  • Committee Chair - John Sawyer, Merrill Lynch
  • Vice Chair - Julie Kopnicky, Grand Strand Medical Center
  • Reid Barnes, Southern Envrionmental Services, LLC
  • Kristin Boullion, RE/MAX Southern Shores
  • Lauren Baker, Viv & Lou
  • Brad Chalk, BB&T Puckett, Sheetz & Hogan
  • Meredith Donahue, Grand Dunes
  • Monica Fine, Coastal Carolina University
  • Peter Gasca, Coastal Carolina University
  • Deneille Griffin, Dick's Last Resort
  • Alison Jean Hamilton, Raymond James Financial Services
  • Lori Heafner, HGTC
  • Paul Hughes, The Brandon Agency
  • Eric Hunt, Myrtle Beach Wedding Officiant
  • Kathy Jenkins, New Directions
  • Alan Kipple, Three Ring Focus
  • Amanda Mateo, Medieval Times
  • Jackie Neal, Ideal Solutions
  • Diane Platt, CresCom Bank
  • Joe Reinhardt, Carolina Limousine
  • Sam Smith, Carolina Cool
  • Abby Smith, Alabama Theatre
  • Jenifer Sweat Dellinger, A&I Fire and Water Restoration
  • Gregory Thompson, Coastal Carolina University
  • Alicia Thompson, McNair Law Firm
  • Yvette Veideman, Home Care of Myrtle Beach
  • Sara Weaver, Weaver Construction Services

Business Diversity Council

The Business Diversity Council addresses the needs of the Grand Strand's diversity-owned business community. For more information, email the staff liaison, Amanda Blomquist

  • Council Co-Chairs - Kenny Generette, Horry County Schools, Sarah Miles, WMBF News
  • Tiffany Andrews, City of Myrtle Beach
  • Miriam Berrouet, Bilingual Connections/Two Men & A Truck
  • Amber Campbell, City of Myrtle Beach
  • April Garner, Horry Georgetown Technical College
  • Wynn Godbold, Bee Sharp Professional Training
  • Radha Herring, Watermark Real Estate
  • Terrance Herriott, Conway National Bank
  • Dr. Adriel Hilton
  • Yvette Jefferson, Jefferson Consulting
  • Jamey Kirby, North Strand Housing Shelter
  • Becky Large, Champion Autism Network
  • Tony McAfee, State Farm Insurance
  • Barbara McGhee, Cameo Travel Enrichment
  • Travis Overton, Coastal Carolina University
  • Jay Rowe, Brookgreen Gardens
  • Jackie Snyder, HGTC
  • Gina Trimarco, Carolina Improv
  • Wendy McCrackin, HTC

North Strand Council

The North Strand Council is made up of chamber businesses located in the North Strand area. Their primary role is to address issues and interests of businesses in the North Strand and coordinate with other organizations with common goals. For more information, email the staff liaison, Pat Creed

  • Council Chair - Jim Powalie, Burroughs & Chapin Co. 
  • Linda Allison, Imprint Marketing Concepts
  • Christy Andrulonis, Colonial Media & Entertainment
  • Victoria Beck, The Conference Center at Barefoot Resort
  • Brandon Cox, Elliott Realty
  • George Driscoll, All About Travel
  • Jim Eggen, Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts
  • Kay Grant, Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals
  • Marcia Hanscombe, Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach
  • Tricia Meyer, My Obsession Cleaning
  • Muriel O'Tuel, Ph.D.
  • Joe Perl, Myrtle Beach Mall 
  • Brigitte Stover Wilson, Giant Crab
  • Dawn Temples Knopff, House of Blues

South Strand Council

The South Strand Council is made up of chamber businesses located in the South Strand area. Their primary role is to address issues and interests of businesses in the South Strand and coordinate with other organizations with common goals. For more information, email the staff liaison, Shannon Furtick

  • Committee Chair - Mike Hagg, HTC
  • Sean Bond, Pirate Adventures of Myrtle Beach 
  • Dwight Boykin, St. James Middle School
  • Denise Brown, South Atlantic Bank - Murrells Inlet
  • Josh Campbell, Goldfinch Funeral Home
  • Mike Campbell, Dead Dog Saloon
  • Kim Causey-Gomez, A&I Fire and Water Restoration
  • Beck Coggeshall, BEC Construction
  • Troy Crider, Myrtle Beach State Park
  • Kimberly Duncan, Lowcountry Companion
  • Woody DuRant, N. David DuRant & Associates 
  • Ronda Fania, Richard Heath & Associates
  • Sean Flynn, Thomas & Hutton Engineering
  • Matt Fusco, Inlet Affairs
  • Michele Grzelak, American Security Mortgage
  • Kyle Hawley, Dunes Realty
  • Al Jordan, Greater Burgess Community Association
  • Lauren Joseph, Brookgreen Gardens
  • Terri Larkin, United Community Bank 
  • David McMillan, Drunken Jack's
  • Mike Miles, Panera Bread
  • Jackie Neal, Ideal Solutions
  • Billy Nichols, Dunes Realty
  • Gairy Nichols, Dunes Realty
  • Ann Palmer, LegalShield
  • Jennifer Poore, Express Watersports
  • Samantha Slapnik, Libery Tax Service
  • Steve Strickland, The Earthworks Group
  • Sammy Truett, Moore & Associates Insurance
  • Phil Vassar, Surfside Beach Resort
  • Tom Winslow, Goldfinch Winslow Law Firm
  • Verlon Wulf, Carolina Cool, Inc.
  • Lee Zulanch, Benjamin's Bakery

West of the Waterway Council

The West of the Waterway Council is made up of chamber businesses located in Carolina Forest and surrounding areas. Their primary role is to address issues and interests of businesses in these areas and coordinate with other organizations with common goals. For more information, email the staff liaison, Amanda Blomquist

  • Committee Co-Chairs - Ralph Byington, Coastal Carolina University, Kenny Generette, Horry County Schools
  • Miriam Berrouet, Two Men and a Truck
  • Sarah Bonnoitt, HGTC
  • Jim Burton, Chinaberry Tree Linens
  • Kim Causey-Gomez, A&I Fire & Water Restoration
  • Rob Clemons, Horry Georgetown Home Builders Association/Monarch Solar
  • Kelli James, Conway Chamber of Commerce
  • Christi Rippy, AR Workshop
  • James Steadman, South State Bank
  • Samantha Slapnik, Liberty Tax Service
  • David Murphy, Brother Shuckers Fish House

Investor Relations Councils

The Investor Relations Councils are five councils aimed at engagement, education and exploring investors' business needs. For more information, email the staff liaison, Cindy Ott Gettig.

  • Chair - Billy McGonigal, Best Western Ocean Sands Resort
  • Lodging CouncilCo-Chairs - Cindy Hull, Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes, David Nelson, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes
  • Retail CouncilCo-Chairs - Nora Mason, Costco Wholesale, Jim Powalie, Burroughs & Chapin Co. 
  • Entertainment CouncilCo-Chairs - Andy Milovich, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Robert Stinnett, WonderWorks
  • Real Estate CouncilCo-Chairs - Jamie Broadhurst, Century 21 Broadhurst & Associates Inc., Ryan Swaim, Dunes Realty Vacation Rentals
  • Restaurant CouncilChair - Larry Bond, The Chemist 

Finance Review Committee

The Finance Review Committee reviews regular financial statements of the chamber and oversees the audit and budget process. For more information, email the staff liaison, Amy Villasenor. 

  • Committee Chair - Terrance Herriott, Conway National Bank
  • Vice Chair - John Rowe, South State Bank
  • Tommy Bouchette, The Citizens Bank
  • Jory Taylor, Edward Jones
  • Joel Foster, BNC Bank
  • Lynn Kornita, United Community Bank
  • R. Henry Howard, BB&T
  • Dale Zeglin, Wells Fargo Bank

Young Professionals Council

The Young Professionals Council works to provide constructive social networking, professional development, and community engagement to young professionals in and around the Grand Strand area. For more information, email MBACC's gsSCENE liaison, Kema Faulk Parsley

  • Chair - Tracy Vreeland, LHWH
  • Tyson Blount, Century 21 Boling & Associates, Inc.
  • Woody Goff 
  • Trevor Greene  
  • Molly Keen, First Citizens Bank
  • Brent Lovellbig, BREAK Entertainment
  • Jeremy Menich, South State Bank
  • Kristen Saurini, Davis and Massey Insurance
  • Abby Smith, Alabama Theatre
  • Alan Walsh, Wyndham Vacation Ownership
  • Kristyn Winch, Waccamaw Publishers
  • Theodore (Trey) Chaplin, TTB Herbalife Nutrition
  • Sade Curtis 
  • Samantha Huff, Grande Dunes

Advocacy Council

The primary role of the Advocacy Council is to facilitate a unified effort in advocacy of pro-Grand Strand, pro-business public policy. The council will monitor public policy trends and issues for potential impact on the private sector and/or Grand Strand. It will also review local/state/federal legislation and initiatives and strategically collaborate to enhance success in the public policy arena.

  • Chair - Richard Singleton, RE/MAX Southern Shores
  • Vice Chair - Ken McKelvey, Defender Resorts
  • Staff Liaison - Jimmy Gray, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Steve Chapman, Grand Strand Business Alliance
  • Tracy Conner, Myrtle Beach Golf Course Owner Association
  • Tony Cox, Burroughs & Chapin
  • Jim Creel, Vacation Myrtle Beach
  • David DeCenzo, Coastal Carolina University
  • George DuRant, North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Murph Fore, Horry Georgetown Technical College
  • Meghan Goldfinch Hayden, Conway Chamber of Commerce
  • Stephen Greene, Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association
  • Radha Herring, Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors
  • Sally Howard, Horry County Democratic Party
  • Mickey James, NAACP
  • Josh Kay, Myrtle Beach Regional EDC
  • Tom Keegan, Congressman Tom Rice
  • Margaret LaCalle, Lstar Ventures
  • Rick Maxey, Horry County Schools
  • Steve Mays, Founds Group International
  • Billy McGonigal, Best Western Ocean Sands
  • David Nelson, Marina Inn
  • Dreama Perdue, Horry County Republican Party
  • Kathy Richardson, Grand Strand Business Alliance
  • Mike Ryhal, KMSO
  • Mil Servant, Surfside Realty
  • Chris Shroff, Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts
  • Beth Stedman, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce
  • Ryan Swaim, Dunes Realty
  • Bennie Swans, Horry County Democratic Party
  • Celia Urqhart, Senator Lindsey Graham
  • Jennifer Walters, Little River Chamber of Commerce
  • Mike Wooten, DDC Engineers

Supporting Arts Together Committee

The Supporting Arts Together Committee works to support the advancement of the Grand Strand as a rich and diverse arts and cultural destination that enriches the lives of our residents and visitors. For more information, email the staff liaison, Amanda Blomquist.

  • Diane DeVaughn Stokes, Stages Video Productions, Easy Radio & "Inside Out"
  • Penny Boling, Myrtle Beach Performing Arts Center
  • Brown Bradley, First Presbyterian Church
  • Jamie Broadhurst, Myrtle Beach Performing Arts Center
  • Cleve Callison, WHQR News & Classical Radio
  • Jerry Dalton, Myrtle Beach International Film Festival
  • Forrest Daves, The Howard Gallery
  • Rebecca Donevant, Carolina Master Chorale
  • Shannon Farro, Long Bay Symphony
  • Seth Funderburk, South by Southeast
  • Woody Goff, Children's Museum of South Carolina
  • Patricia Goodwin, Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
  • Kelly Graham, Atlantic Stage
  • Walter Hill, Horry County Museum
  • Dawn Kinard, Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre
  • Tim Koch, Carolina Master Chorale
  • Rita S. Levine, Oceanfront Merchants Association
  • Liza Mata, Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre
  • Heather Mayes, Myrtle Beach International Film Festival
  • Kelly Mezzapelle, City of Myrtle Beach
  • William H. Miller, William H. Miller Studios & Fine Art
  • Betty Anne Mills, Myrtle Beach Performing Arts Center
  • John Morken,
  • Diane Moskow-McKenzie, City of Myrtle Beach
  • Karen Purvis, Seacoast Artists Gallery
  • Vermelle "Bunny" Rodriguez, Gullah Museum
  • Jessica Smith, Carolina Master Chorale
  • Dennis Stevens, Vast Playground
  • Barbara Streeter, Conway Glass Inc. & CREATE Conway
  • Jane Williams,  Long Bay Symphony
  • Hillary Winburn, Horry County Museum
  • Christy Andrulonis, Colonial Media + Entertainment
  • Diana Greene, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mary Mroz, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Diane Charno, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce