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January 30, 2023

Grand Strand Young Professionals Recognizes Standout Members for 2023

Lauren Balogh
Lauren Balogh

Lydia Hancock

Lydia Hancock

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.— Grand Strand Young Professionals (GSYP) is pleased to announce Lauren Balogh is the recipient of the organization’s 2023 Young Professional of the Year award and Lydia Hancock is this year’s Ambassador of the Year.

The Young Professional of the Year award is given to a GSYP member who demonstrates community involvement, an aspiration to succeed in the workforce, a desire to positively impact the Grand Strand and is an outstanding advocate for young professionals.

An Ohio native, Balogh has called the Grand Strand home since 2010. She currently works for AWR Court Reporting and Litigation Solutions as a court reporter. Outside of work, she is a board member for SC Smiles Dental and actively involved with St. Michael’s Catholic Church, the Junior League of the Grand Strand and All4Paws. She’s also a member of the 2023 class of ChangeMakers.

Andrew Finch with Corning Credit Union and Kylie Moore of Diamond Shores were also nominated for the Young Professional of the Year award.

The Ambassador of the Year is given to a GSYP member who goes above and beyond in their duties to spread awareness about the organization as well as assisting other GSYP members.

Hancock, the general manager of InfoQuestHR, joined GSYP in 2019 and quickly became involved with the organization as ambassador and steering committee member where she provides invaluable resources for the organization’s members.

Ally Simmons with FirstService Residential was also nominated for Ambassador of the Year.

Both Balogh and Hancock were bestowed with their recognitions during GSYP’s annual awards celebration presented by TD Bank on Jan. 24, 2023, at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot. Additional event sponsors include Walk-On’s and Duplin Winery.

Grand Strand Young Professionals is a program of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Visit GrandStrandYoungProfessionals.com for more information.

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About Grand Strand Young Professionals:
The Grand Strand Young Professionals, a program of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, was founded in 2008 as gsSCENE, a service-based organization for young professionals along the Grand Strand looking to network with likeminded people and give back to the community. GSYP offers monthly networking, education and community service opportunities for members between the ages of 21 to 40. For more, visit Facebook.com/GrandStrandYP.

About Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau:
Since 1938, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) has stood as the unified voice of the Grand Strand's business community — serving Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Loris, Atlantic Beach, Carolina Forest, Conway, Aynor, Socastee, Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded MBACC its five-star accreditation — one of only a few chambers in South Carolina to earn this distinction. The Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and its destination marketing arm Visit Myrtle Beach promote tourism through various partnerships and initiatives to advance the economic success of the Grand Strand. For more information, visit MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com, MyrtleBeachAreaCVB.com and VisitMyrtleBeach.com.

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