MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Donald C. Hovis, Jr., marketing manager for Springmaid Beach Resort, was chosen as the 2013 gsSCENE Young Professional of the Year.

The selection was made at a reception held Thursday, October 17, at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot.

Hovis was one of three finalists up for the title of Young Professional of the Year. The award honors a person who has demonstrated community involvement, an aspiration to succeed in the workforce, a desire to positively impact the Grand Strand and been a true advocate of gsSCENE.

The two other finalists were Madeline Condron, with American Hotel Register Company, and Bobbei Seay, with Carolina Comedy Club, One Stop Party Shop and Karma.

"These three finalists represented once again the positive impact our young professionals are having along the Grand Strand," said Shannon Furtick, gsSCENE liaison and membership programs manager for the MBACC. "I want to congratulate Donald and the other nominees for all their contributions to the Myrtle Beach community, to their professions and to bettering themselves both personally and professionally. We're very proud of all you've accomplished."

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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