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7/31/2017 General
Leadership Grand Strand Announces Class XXXVIII

July 31, 2017

Media Contacts:
Diana Greene
Executive Director
Leadership Grand Strand
(843) 916-7222

Leadership Grand Strand Announces Class XXXVIII

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Thirty-two business and community members were recently selected for Leadership Grand Strand Class XXXVIII. The 10-month program that begins with an orientation on Aug. 31 explores topics such as Grand Strand history, tourism and economic development, business, education, criminal justice, human services, government and the arts. Leadership Grand Strand is sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

In its 38 years of service to the community, Leadership Grand Strand has tackled real community needs as part of each class’s graduation requirements. Each member is required to do 75 total project hours that will be split between Youth Leadership Academy, the Ann DeBock Leadership Award nomination project, community cleanup and personal hours.

Leadership Grand Strand Class XXXVIII:

Monica Archer, BB&T Puckett, Scheetz & Hogan, Insurance Services
Justin Bennett, Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Meredith Canady, Coastal Carolina University
Berryman "Beck" Coggeshall, BEC Construction, Inc.
Carol Coleman, City of Myrtle Beach
Nicholas Philip DeLuca, Carolina Cool
Scott Dietrich, Edward Jones Investments
Caroline C. Diez, Grand Strand Medical Center
Bradley George Fludgate Jr., WBTW News 13
Dawn Formo, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Tad Fulford, RE/MAX Southern Shores
Jenna Griffith, SC Real Estate Network
Frank Hereda, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Myrtle Beach
Kathy Jenkins, New Directions of Horry County
Cynthia Johnston, Horry Georgetown Technical College
Elizabeth M. Kann, The Brandon Agency
Kirsten Kjos, CresCom Bank
Michael Large, South Carolina Legal Services
Steven Lastauskas, South State Bank
Jinyao Li (David Lee), Chinaberry Tree Linens
Santana Diane LeRoy, Events by Santana
Lauren Mancino, Hollywood Wax Museum
Ryan Roark, RE/MAX Ocean Forest
Abby Smith, Alabama Theatre
Gene R. Smith Jr., Santee Cooper
Maura L. Utley, Coastal Carolina National Bank
Crystal VanderSchans, Compass Cove Resort
Cara Joyce Walker, Horry County Solicitor's Office
Erin Walters, Habitat for Humanity of Horry County
Demitria Lillian Elizabeth Webber, James T. Feldman, Attorney at Law
Kimberly West, Creative Consultants Group
Merrill Weston, Watermark Real Estate Group

For more information, visit or contact Diana Greene, LGS executive director, at or (843) 916-7222.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Media are invited to attend Class XXXVIII’s first day of class on Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. in the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce boardroom. Photo and interview opportunities with both board and class members will be available.

About Leadership Grand Strand
The goal of Leadership Grand Strand, a program of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, is to develop a corps of informed, committed and qualified individuals capable of providing dynamic leadership for the Grand Strand. Over the years, Leadership Grand Strand has created a cadre of leaders who guide the direction of change throughout the Grand Strand.

About The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Since 1938, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has stood as the unified voice of the Grand Strand's business community. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the MBACC its five-star accreditation, one of only several chambers in South Carolina to earn this distinction. The MBACC serves Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Little River, Atlantic Beach, Garden City Beach, Loris, Conway, Aynor, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island. For more information, visit