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

O'Neil McCoy | Chairman – Senior Vice President, McGriff Insurance, subsidiary of TRUIST
Gregg Smith | Vice Chairman – City of Myrtle Beach Council
Justin Roof | Treasurer - Senior Vice President, First Citizens Bank
Marilyn Fore | Secretary – President, Horry Georgetown Technical College
Mike Hagg | Past Chairman 

MBREDC Board of Directors – Direct Appointment

Johnny Gardner– Chairman, Horry County Council
Gary Loftus – Councilman, Horry County Council
Steve Gosnell – County Administrator, Horry County
Michael Benson- President, Coastal Carolina University | NESA
Rick Maxey – Superintendent, Horry County Schools
Marilyn Fore - President, Horry Georgetown Technical College
Barbara Blain-Bellamy – Mayor, City of Conway
Jeff McKay - Executive Director, NESA
Carlton Lewis - President, HTC
Karen Riordan - President & CEO, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Tony Cox – Commissioner, South Carolina Department of Transportation
Greg Hembree- Senator, Local Legislative Delegation
Mike Cool – Manager of Economic Development, Santee Cooper
Danny Shelley – President & CEO, Horry Electric Cooperative
Christy Everett - CEO, Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority
Verlon Wulf – Chairman of Existing Industry & Business Committee | Owner, Carolina Cool
Gregg Smith - Council, City of Myrtle Beach

MBREDC Board of Directors Classes

Class of 2023 – Term ends on December 31, 2023

Cheryl Kilday – North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce

Natasha Hanna – Law Office of Natasha Hanna

Sarah Smith – Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments

Bruce Bailey – Tidelands Health

Bryan Lenertz – Anderson Brothers Bank

Justin Roof – First Citizens Bank

Monica Vehige – McLeod Health

Class of 2024 – Term ends on December 31, 2024

O’Neil McCoy – McGriff Insurance

Adam Boyles – RJ Corman

Bryan Wates – Dargan Construction

Richard Singleton – RE/MAX Southern Shores

Laura Crowther – Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors

Mark Smaizys – United Community Bank

Class of 2025 – Term ends on December 31, 2025

Joseph Bonanno – Archetype SC

Bhumi Patel – Burr & Forman

Tim Sinclair – WebsterRogers

Scott Shea – CRP Industries

David Schwerd – Diamond Shores

Cary Rowell – Eagle Strategies

Mike Hagg


Five-Year Strategic Plan

In 2022, 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