MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce held its 2014 annual meeting on April 22, 2014 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel in Myrtle Beach. Nearly four hundred attended the annual update, luncheon and awards presentation. Keynote speaker Joel Manby, featured on the hit CBS reality-TV show "Undercover Boss," spoke from 9 to 10 a.m.

Manby is president and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE), the nation's largest family-owned themed attractions operator. The company manages dozens of properties such as Dollywood, Silver Dollar City, Pirate's Voyage and now the Harlem Globetrotters.

Following his keynote address and the meeting's educational breakout sessions, attendees enjoyed an awards luncheon and ceremony where the following awards were presented to businesses and individuals:

Pioneer of the Year - Tom Pegram, Pegram Associates Inc.
Citizen of the Year - Tom Leath, City of Myrtle Beach
Hospitality Employee of the Year - Alton Bellamy, Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel
Chamber Volunteer of the Year - Ellen Calhoun, WHCI Warren Harmon Commercial Interiors
Chamber Ambassador of the Year - Jackie Neal, AFLAC - Surfside Beach Office
gsSCENE Ambassador of the Year - Casey Church, Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
gsSCENE Young Professional of the Year - Donald Hovis Jr., Springmaid Beach Resort
LGS Ann DeBock Leadership Award - Danny Isaac Jr., A&I Fire and Water Restoration
Community Service Award - Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Business Innovation Award - South Atlantic Bank
Small Business of the Year - The Cooper House Event Center

"The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is definitely proud of all of the businesses and individuals that took home awards. They are shining examples of philanthropy, good business practice, great customer service and innovative thinking," said Diana Greene, executive vice president of membership for the MBACC. "Year after year, we are happy to be able to recognize those doing outstanding work and making a difference in our community and along the Grand Strand."