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Leadership Grand Strand Announces Class XXXIX

Thirty-five business and community members were recently selected for Leadership Grand Strand Class XXXIX. The 10-month program 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 38 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 volunteer 75 hours toward community projects.

Leadership Grand Strand Class XXXIX

James David Anderson III, Horry Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Amanda Battisti, Amanda Battisti, DO, PC
Mike Beckerman, Beach Cove Realty
Dianne Hughes Dennis, Grand Strand Healthcare
Jimmy Gray, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Ellen E. Hayward, Coastal Carolina University
Erin Rachel Heaney, The Brandon Agency
Jenna Hillman, Grand Shores Ocean Resort
Daniel W. Hoppe, Jr., Horry Georgetown Technical College
Hildit Hucks, City of Myrtle Beach
Jordynn Hughes, Allegra/Image 360-David Williamson
Renita Johnson, CresCom Bank
Holly Leigh Manafo, South State Bank
Noelle Mason, Plantation Realty Group
Cara Maxwell, SkyWheel Myrtle Beach
Donna H. Millen, CrossCountry Mortgage
Keya Moll, Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts
Alexandra Moore, Ally Management
Julia Nichols, United Way of Horry County
Seth A. Oskin, Horry County Solicitor's Office
James Cameron Parker, Castles Engineering
Brandon Burroughs Skipper, Southeastern Alliance Underwriters
Mark G. Smaizys, TD Bank
Kathleen K. Smith, Burroughs & Chapin Company, Inc.
Michael D. Snow, Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Charlie R. Soto, Soto Wealth Management Group at Merrill Lynch
Sam G. Stathos, Patrick & Stathos, LLC
Amanda Stinnett, Real Hot Yoga
Kristen Toben, Coastal Carolina University
Jason Toy, Ripley's Aquarium
Alison Van Wagner, South Atlantic Bank
Laurance "Raymond" Wells, The Pearce Law Group
Julia Woehrer, Vacation Myrtle Beach
Pam Wrenn, Santee Cooper
Paula Zarate, Medieval Times

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