MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, was one of a select group of individuals from across the country who addressed members of the Obama administration at the March 20, 2014 White House Business Council.

The business council was convened to discuss travel and tourism. Specifically, council members talked about the following topics:

  • Economic growth
  • Job creation
  • Transportation and infrastructure
  • Customs and border security
  • Tourism growth initiatives
  • Travel visa waivers and process
  • BrandUSA, a national destination marketing organization

Dean was just one of a council of 30 to present information in front of members of President Obama's staff during the four-hour briefing.

"We welcome every opportunity to discuss the status of our community and local economy, as well as the needs of our region," said Dean. "The meeting at The White House provided a unique occasion to share our ideas and concerns, especially as it relates to job creation, economic policy, BrandUSA and completing Interstate 73."

In addition to his role as CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Dean serves on the board of directors of the U.S. Travel Association and Destination Marketing Association International. In 2013, Dean testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on similar topics.