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The staff and board and directors of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce invite you to join them as we celebrate the success of the Grand Strand business community. The 2012 annual meeting of your Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will be a day to remember as we applaud the achievements of chamber members and recognize the accomplishments of your chamber of commerce. Mark your calendars for Oct. 9, 2012. More details to come.
2012 Annual Meeting Awards Nomination Form
Here is your chance to share your success stories with other chamber members and the community – nominate your company today for a 2012 Business Award. And take a few minutes to recognize a co-worker or fellow business member for their outstanding contributions by nominating them for a 2012 Individual Award.
Nominations for the following 2012 awards are being accepted through Friday, Aug. 24 at 5 p.m.
Citizen of the Year-Honors an exceptional citizen who has contributed to the betterment of our local community and/or industry.
Ashby Ward Pioneer Award-Recognizes a remarkable individual who has made a significant, positive impact on the Myrtle Beach area over a number of years.
Hospitality Employee of the Year-Honors a nonmanagerial employee in the hospitality industry who works directly with visitors and projects a positive image of his/her business, property, attraction or event. The winner will be submitted to the statewide competition for the S.C. Hospitality Employee of the Year.
Young Professional of the Year-Recognizes a gsSCENE young professional who demonstrates community involvement, aspiration to succeed in the workforce, and a desire to positively impact the Grand Strand.
Volunteer of the Year-Honors an individual who has volunteered his or her time, talent and energy to help the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce achieve its goals and objectives.
Community Service-Applauds a business or organization that contributes to the community in the form of leadership, volunteerism and/or financial support.
Business Innovation-Recognizes a business that exceeds the standard for resourcefulness and creativity in the workplace.
Small Business of the Year-Honors a business with 50 or fewer employees committed to sound business practices in operation, management and service to the community.
Operating Green Award-Recognizes a business’s commitment to sound environmental practices through employee programs, community cleanup programs, waste minimization and recycling.
The 73rd annual meeting brought together the leadership and membership of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year, launch new chamber initiatives, learn about ”white-collar homelessness” by keynote speaker Christopher Gardner, and cheer on the best businesses on the Grand Strand.
And the winners are …
Pioneer of the Year – David Brittain (deceased)
Citizen of the Year – Steve Chapman, Island Vista
Hospitality Employee of the Year – Donna Hollingsworth, Springmaid Beach Resort
Volunteer of the Year – Cindy Ott, Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Ambassador of the Year – Abbey Brink, WFXB FOX 43 TV
LGS Ann DeBock Leadership Award – Barbara Blain-Olds, Community Legal Services
Young Professional of the Year – Julie Kopnicky, United Way of Horry County
Community Service Award – Fidelity Broadcasting – Easy Radio and Movin 94.5
Business Innovation Award – Pool Services Corp.
Operating Green Award – Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk
Small Business of the Year – South Atlantic Bank
The Myrtle Beach Area ICE Awards (Incredible Customer Experience) is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, from 6-10 p.m. at The Palace Theatre. Join Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce as we present 12 awards to businesses that are leaders in hospitality and 12 awards to individuals who shine in customer service. Congratulations to all the finalists! Purchase your tickets today to cheer on your favorite finalists. Tickets are $40 and include cocktail reception, awards ceremony and after party. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Feb. 25.
Carolina Improv Company
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Horry Telephone Cooperative
Mykonos Greek Restaurant
Rotelli’s Italian Dining
Education & Training
Carolina Improv Company
Horry-Georgetown Technical College
The Meeting Institute
Chuck Martino & Associates
New South Financial
Pyle Cunningham Wealth Management of Raymond James
Elliott Beach Rentals
Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes
Springmaid Beach Resort
Media & Publishing
WBTW News 13
WPDE NewsChannel 15
Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center
Mercy Hospice & Palliative Care
DDC Engineers, Inc.
The Law Office of Dennis DiSabato, Jr.
RE/MAX Ocean Forest
Watermark Real Estate Group
Bass Pro Shop
Fox & Hounds Antique Mall
Sephora inside JCPenney
Myrtle Beach International Airport
Sky Fitness 24/7
Gina Trimarco (Carolina Improv Company)
Dave Genevro (Barefoot Resort & Golf)
Jennifer Williard (Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament)
Kevin Cox (Horry Telephone Cooperative)
Danielle Graham (Verizon Wireless)
Celia Wester (Strand Media Group)
Angelo Antonucci (Angelo’s Steak & Pasta)
William J. Bolster-Barrett (Cagney’s Old Place)
Jason Woods (Sunny’s Pool Bar)
Education & Training
Veronica Gerald (Ultimate Gullah)
Timothy Groza (Webster University)
Eileen Soisson (The Meeting Institute)
Michelle Dixon (Wells Fargo Home Mortgage)
Zella Henley (BNC Bank)
Michelle Church (Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach-Oceanfront Resort)
Bobbei Seay (Monterey Bay Suites)
Phyllis Wright (Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach-Oceanfront Resort)
Media & Publishing
Tonya Carroll (Grand Strand Magazine)
Marian Lynam (Grand Strand Magazine)
Ed Piotrowski (WPDE NewsChannel 15)
Betty Chandler (Salvation Army)
Tabby Shelton (Fostering Hope)
Pete Wilkes, Jr. (Lois Lewis Foundation of Recovery)
Dr. Greg Conner, DMV (Ark Animal Hospital)
Dr. Bruce Crull (Murrells Inlet Veterinary Hospital)
Dr. David Powers (Powers Court Enterprises)
Radha Herring (Watermark Real Estate Group)
Angie Shoemaker (RE/MAX Beach & Golf)
Victoria Travis (RE/MAX Southern Shores)
Shawn Pitman (Sephora inside JCPenney)
Dan Stewart (Piggly Wiggly-Litchfield)
Shelly Witkowski (White House-Black Market)
Ellen Calhoun (A & I, Fire and Water Restoration)
Richard Stiles (FSA-Full Steam Ahead, Inc. Fire and Water Restoration)
Danny Wells (Ripken Experience)
Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Achieves Prestigious Destination Marketing Accreditation
The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that it has been awarded accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP). DMAP is an international accreditation program developed by the Washington, D.C. based Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI).
In earning the DMAP accreditation, destination marketing organizations (DMOs) communicate to their community, buyers and potential visitors that their DMO has attained a significant measure of excellence.
”We are pleased to join the other destination marketing organizations worldwide that hold this esteemed accreditation from DMAI. It shows that the Myrtle Beach Area CVB is a valued organization in our community and greatly adds to our credibility. Our hard work, effort and commitment to industry excellence has paid off as we’re recognized in accordance with international standards,” said Scott Schult, vice president of marketing for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB.
Fifty-four mandatory standards and 33 voluntary standards are part of the accreditation process and focus on areas like governance, marketing, finance, technology, visitor services and destination development. The organization’s application is then reviewed by DMAP’s board of 11 industry experts from around the world.
”By applying for and receiving DMAP accreditation, the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has demonstrated a commitment to quality programs and services,” said Diana Lawson, FCDME, DMAP board chair.
”We are proud to recognize these organizations for their achievement. These DMOs’ operations and business practices have conformed to 16 domains ranging from governance to sales to innovation. Their accreditation underscores their dedication to providing exceptional leadership and commitment to the professionalism of DMOs across the globe,” Lawson said.
The Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau was named the 2010 CVB of the Year at the Southeast Tourism Society’s Fall Meeting banquet last month in Greenville, S.C. The prestigious award signifies the Myrtle Beach Area CVB’s considerable contributions to the community and the tourism industry as a whole.
“The Myrtle Beach Area CVB winning the Shining Example Award from the Southeast Tourism Society in this category is very exciting. It helps show that all of our collective efforts within the community to improve tourism to the Myrtle Beach area have been successful,” said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Southeast Tourism Society Shining Example Awards recognize those who have advanced the cause of travel and tourism in the Southeastern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
“Shining Example Awards highlight some of the best work in travel and tourism, and winners truly set examples that others in the industry can follow,” said STS President and CEO Bill Hardman. “Showcasing great work is important because tourism is the largest, second-largest or third-largest industry in every Southeastern state.”
The Southeast Tourism Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promoting economic development through travel and sustainable tourism throughout the Southeast. The nearly 1,000 members in the Southeast Tourism Society represent a spectrum of travel industry businesses working to promote tourism to the region.
For more information on the Southeast Tourism Society or its Shining Example Awards, visit southeasttourism.org.