This month, the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation's Past Chairman, Doug Wendel, was named the Horry County Ambassador of the Year. Wendel was honored at the Governor’s Mansion Complex by Governor Nikki Haley on Thursday, April 2nd and was one of 47 honorees from around the state. This is the 24th year the South Carolina Department of Commerce has recognized honorees in each South Carolina County for their economic development efforts.
Mr. Wendel’s involvement in Horry County’s economic development efforts date back to the 1980’s. Through the years, Wendel was Horry County’s first administrator, North Myrtle Beach’s first city manager, director of the Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority and chief executive officer of Burroughs & Chapin Co. Inc.
Wendel also played a vital role in the reorganization of the Horry County’s economic development corporation in 2010, when former Horry County Council Chairman, Tom Rice, asked him to lead the organization as chairman. Under his direction, the MBREDC’s executive committee worked with county leaders on a comprehensive plan of aggressive job diversification to the community.
Wendel continues to actively serve on the MBREDC executive committee, and has most recently played an instrumental role as the co-chairman of a two-state committee that is working to restore railroad service to Horry and Marion counties and Columbus County, N.C.
Mr. Wendel epitomizes what it means to be a true economic developer and selfless leader in the community.