Marc Jordan, CEO of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, has been named the 2014 South Carolina Chamber Executive of the Year by the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Jordan, who has been at the North Myrtle Beach Chamber for seven years, was the N.C. Chamber Executive of the Year in 1987, when he was CEO of the Greater Raleigh, N.C., Chamber of Commerce.
He said that while the North Myrtle Beach chamber membership has been trimmed deliberately during his tenure, the finances have been strengthened and the annual revenue has grown.
Jordan said the chamber formerly offered free memberships to many organizations and individuals not directly connected to business, and those have shrunk in number.
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He said his focus has been on improving the chamber’s financial position.
“If you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing, it costs to have members,” Jordan said.
The chamber also recently received a five-star rating from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the highest accreditation ranking offered. The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has a five-star rating as well.
“Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for positively influencing action in their community,” Raymond Towle, executive director of political affairs and federation relations for the U.S. Chamber, said in a news release.
The North Myrtle Beach chamber previously held a four-star rating.
Besides his leadership of the Greater Raleigh Chamber from 1984 to 1995, Jordan also has served as CEO of the Memphis, Tenn., Regional Chamber of Commerce and executive director of United Way of Central Virginia.
Jordan was instrumental in creating the position of sports and group tourism manager in North Myrtle Beach, who has generated $11.5 million in economic impact in his first year, primarily from the opening of the new North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex on S.C. 31.
Also during Jordan’s tenure, the North Myrtle Beach chamber has moved into a new facility. He was appointed to a statewide wind energy team by Gov. Nikki Haley.
“We continue to unify as a business community to see great things happen for our area’s local businesses,” said Mendel Bell, North Myrtle Beach chamber board president. “Marc Jordan has been instrumental in seeing this happen and is very deserving of this award.”