MBREDC Board of Directors

The Myrtle Beach Regional EDC Board of Directors works closely with organizational staff to ensure strategic initiatives and goals are met. 35 individuals comprise the board’s membership.

MBREDC Officers

Fred Richardson | Chairman – CEO, Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority
Mike Hagg | Vice Chairman – President, HTC
Neyle Wilson | Past Chairman – President, Horry Georgetown Technical College Foundation
Jim Apple | Treasurer – President & CEO, Burroughs & Chapin
Marilyn Fore | Secretary – President, Horry Georgetown Technical College

MBREDC Board of Directors – Direct Appointment

Johnny Gardner– Chairman, Horry County Council
Gary Loftus – Councilman, Horry County Council
Steve Gosnell – County Administrator, Horry County
Dave DeCenzo – President, Coastal Carolina University
Rick Maxey – Superintendent, Horry County Schools
Barbara Blain-Bellamy – Mayor, City of Conway
Karen Riordan - President & CEO, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Tony Cox – Commissioner, South Carolina Department of Transportation
Alan Clemmons – South Carolina Representative, Local Legislative Delegation
Mike Cool – Manager of Economic Development, Santee Cooper
Danny Shelley – President & CEO, Horry Electric Cooperative
Verlon Wulf – Chairman, Existing Industry & Business Committee/Owner, Carolina Cool

MBREDC Board of Directors Classes

Class of 2020 – Term ends on December 31, 2020
Robin Agnew – Market President, Bank of America
Cheryl Kilday – President, North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce
Natasha Hanna – Attorney, Law Office of Natasha Hanna
Sarah Smith – Executive Director, Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments

Class of 2021 – Term Ends on December 31, 2021
Rick Elliott – President, Elliott Beach Rentals

Rick Kaylor – Senior Vice President, Tidelands Health

O’Neil McCoy – Assistant Vice President, McGriff Insurance, subsidiary of BB&T Insurance Holdings

Cary Rowell – Financial Planner, Eagle Strategies

Robert Wilfong – PE, Development Resource Group

Class of 2022 – Term ends on December 31, 2022
Jim Apple- President & CEO, Burroughs & Chapin
Alicia Thompson – Legal Professional, Burr & Forman
Neyle Wilson – President, Horry Georgetown Technical College Foundation
Jimmy Yahnis – Owner, The Yahnis Company
Felix Pitts – Director of Business Development, G3 Engineering & Surveying
Joe Bonanno – Co-founder & President, Archetype SC

Five-Year Strategic Plan

In 2016, the MBREDC Board of Directors approved a five-year strategic plan that will continue to move our organization forward. The plan outlines three major initiatives:

  1. To recruit and retain high quality industries to generate jobs for the citizens of Horry County, resulting in an annual increase of 175 full-time jobs and at least $5 million in private capital investment (stretch goals: 225 full-time jobs, $10 million in investment)
  2. To provide a variety of high quality economic development products (sites and buildings) that attract new and existing industries
  3. To have the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation be recognized as a leader in economic development within Horry County and throughout South Carolina