MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Ted Fortenberry has been elected as the next chairman for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce's board of directors. He will hold the title of chairman-elect before assuming the new role on Jan. 1, 2014.

This annual election by the board of directors took place at their Sept. 12 meeting.

"I am honored to serve as the next chairman for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and I appreciate the support of the board of directors and the chamber staff," Fortenberry said. "We are fortunate to have such strong leadership at the chamber, as President Brad Dean and his team do an amazing job promoting the region and representing the business community. With the economy now turning in a positive direction, it is an exciting time for our area."

"I look forward to continuing what current chamber Chairman Tommy Bouchette and his predecessors have done to help our business community grow."

Fortenberry is the vice president and general manager of WMBF News, the Raycom Media-owned NBC affiliate that serves the Myrtle Beach and Florence television markets.

In addition to serving on the board of directors for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Fortenberry also serves on the boards for the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation and the South Carolina Broadcasters Association.

Before joining WMBF, Fortenberry was the vice president and general manager of KAIT-TV, Raycom's ABC affiliate in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Additionally, he has served in television management positions in Charlotte, N.C., Greenville, S.C., and New Orleans, La.

He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in radio, television and film.

Fortenberry is married to Candace Fortenberry and has two children.

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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