MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., Aug. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) is thrilled to announce the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) has named MBACC the 2015 Chamber of the Year – the ACCE's most prestigious and competitive annual award.
Chamber of the Year is the nation's only award recognizing the dual role chambers have in leading businesses and communities. Competing with more than 30 other chambers, the Myrtle Beach Area of Chamber of Commerce was honored with the Chamber of the Year designation after demonstrating organizational strength and making an impact on key community priorities, such as education, transportation, business development and quality of life.
Brad Dean, president/CEO and Diana Greene, executive vice president of membership, MBACC, accepted the award Aug. 12 at ACCE's Annual Convention in Montreal, Canada.
"We are truly honored and humbled to be recognized by such an esteemed organization and receive the Chamber of the Year distinction," said Dean. "This exceptional recognition is the result of the hard work and dedication I see from our staff and volunteers day in and day out. As both a chamber and destination marketing organization that represents 12 communities stretching across 60 miles of coastline in South Carolina, MBACC focuses on making a positive impact on the entire Myrtle Beach area while promoting, protecting and improving the area for its residents, businesses, and visitors."
Qualifying for Chamber of the Year is a rigorous process. MBACC competed with numerous other chambers based on meeting key performance criteria on the ACCE Annual Operations Survey. Qualifying chambers enter the competition with a written application addressing all aspects of organizational operation and programmatic work. Applications are scored by peer chamber executives to determine finalists. Winners are selected from among finalists based on an in-person interview before a panel of experienced chamber professionals
This year's competition drew 33 entries from chambers throughout the U.S. To ensure the fairest competition, applicants are grouped into five categories based on: annual revenue, membership, area population, and several other factors.
About Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE)
Established in 1914, ACCE is the only national association uniquely serving the professional development needs of individuals managing chambers of commerce throughout North America. Representing more than 7,000 chamber professionals, ACCE enhances the knowledge, leadership skills, and management effectiveness of chamber executive staff through education, trend analysis, benchmarking, and best practices. ACCE promotes the highest standards of professional excellence and integrity within the chamber profession.
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 www.MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com.
About Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Stretching from Little River to Pawleys Island and comprising 12 distinct communities, the Myrtle Beach area is home to 60 miles of sandy beaches, an assortment of entertainment and family attractions and world-class golf. Popularly known as the Grand Strand, the Myrtle Beach area presents the quintessential vacation experience peppered with plenty of Southern hospitality.
For additional information on the Myrtle Beach area, visit www.visitmyrtlebeach.com or call (888) Myrtle-1.
SOURCE Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce