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Leadership Grand Strand Announces Class XL

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Twenty-eight business and community members were recently selected for Leadership Grand Strand Class XL. The 10-month program that begins with an orientation on Aug. 1 explores topics such as Grand Strand history, tourism and economic development, business, education, criminal justice, human services, government and the arts. Leadership Grand Strand is sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

In its 40 years of service to the community, Leadership Grand Strand has tackled real community needs as part of each class’s graduation requirements. Each member is required to do 75 total project hours that will be split between Habitat for Humanity, Horry County Schools, New Directions, the Ann DeBock Leadership Award nomination project, personal hours and an initiative with the City of Myrtle Beach to support downtown redevelopment projects. LGS alumni will be invited to participate in the latter project.

Leadership Grand Strand Class XL:

Sean Bailey, WMBF News
Courtney Baker, Surfside Realty Company
Joey Bonner, Ally Management, Inc.
Dillon Callaham, The Earthworks Groups
Todd Chapman, Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Diane Charno, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Nicolette Cole, Showstopper, Inc.
Jamie Croland, Edward Jones
Jonathan Wesley Evans, Myrtle Beach Fire Department
Christy Everett, Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority
Angela Yolanda Goeppinger, SkyWheel Myrtle Beach
M. Ryan Graham, Horry Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Jessica Yvonne Greene, Next Level Behavioral Health and Wellness, LLC
Adam Harrelson, Horry County Solicitor’s Office
Vernon Matthew “Matt” Hayward, Jr., The Heroes4Hire, LLC
Jon Craig Howell, Jr., Bellamy Law Firm, P.A.
Kerry K. Jardine, The Pearce Law Group, P.C.
Jesse Lifton, Grand Strand Health
Brent F. Mackie, South State Bank
Ashley K. Nelson, Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation
Misty Polston, Waccamaw Dermatology
Vadym Pysmennyi, Metglas, Inc.
Frank Davis Skipper, III, The Conway National Bank
Anna Strickland, Santee Cooper
Michelle Ward, South Atlantic Bank
Jennifer Wilbanks, Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Charles Shibley “Cobi” Williams, MBA Student – Coastal Carolina University
Emme Yeargin, Harrison Realty Co., Inc.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Media are invited to attend Class XL’s first day of class on Aug. 1 at 1 p.m. in the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce boardroom. Photo and interview opportunities with both board and class members will be available.

For more information, visit or contact Diana Greene, LGS executive director, at or (843) 916-7222.

About Leadership Grand Strand

The goal of Leadership Grand Strand, a program of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, is to develop a corps of informed, committed and qualified individuals capable of providing dynamic leadership for the Grand Strand. Over the years, Leadership Grand Strand has created a cadre of leaders who guide the direction of change throughout the Grand Strand.

About The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Since 1938, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has stood as the unified voice of the Grand Strand's business community. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the MBACC its five-star accreditation, one of only several chambers in South Carolina to earn this distinction. The MBACC serves Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Little River, Atlantic Beach, Garden City Beach, Loris, Conway, Aynor, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island. For more information, visit