Myrtle Beach chamber elects new chairman

dbryant@thesunnews.comOctober 15, 2012 

A longtime Grand Strand banker will serve as the next chairman of the board of directors for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, the chamber said Monday.

Tommy Bouchette, president of BNC Bank and current treasurer for the chamber, will take over as chairman Jan. 1 for a one-year term.

An Andrews native, Bouchette has worked in banks along the Grand Strand for more than 25 years, including as CEO and co-founder of SunBank in Murrells Inlet that merged into S.C. Bank and Trust in 2005. He joined BNC Bank as president in May 2010.

The chamber has about 2,600 members and is the main tourism promotion agency along the Grand Strand. It gets revenue from a 1-cent sales tax in Myrtle Beach for out-of-market tourism promotion.

“As chairman, my primary focus will be to leverage the talent and resources of the board of directors to assist the chamber CEO and his team in promoting economic development and providing an environment that fosters the growth of all businesses—both small and large,” Bouchette said in a news release. “Our board will work diligently to provide the oversight and guidance for the chamber’s management team to promote the Grand Strand as a world-class vacation destination to out-of-market visitors, increasing tourism to our area and stimulating further economic progress.”

Bouchette serves on the board of the S.C. Bankers Association and Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s Foundation Board. He’s also served as chairman of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

The Myrtle Beach chamber board elects a new chairman every year. Current Chairman Richard Singleton, a local Realtor, is serving an 18-month term as the chamber shifts the chairman’s tenure to the calendar year instead of a July-June term.

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