About Us

Partnership Grand Strand (PGS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation and a five-year strategic initiative designed to accelerate economic prosperity and quality of life for all businesses and residents across Horry and Georgetown counties.


Four Key Areas

Our efforts to accelerate the prosperity of our region is designed around four pillars which are all interconnected to create synergy. No single pillar of the Partnership Grand Strand initiative can advance our mission alone. 


Lead efforts to diversify our economy & grow small business



Attract, develop & retain a high-quality workforce



Support the revitalization of downtown & the oceanfront



Advocate for scaling up our transportation infrastructure


The History of Partnership Grand Strand

The campaign to fund the initiative officially kicked off Feb. 24, 2022 and any business, nonprofit, foundation or individual may become an investor. As of Nov. 30, 2022, the PGS Foundation successfully raised $3.2 million of its campaign stretch goal of $3.5 million, with 83 investors. The success of the campaign is a testament to the community’s belief that this five-year strategic initiative will benefit the Grand Strand for years to come. This campaign includes five-year pledge levels ranging from $5,000 to more than $500,000 and includes tiered benefits such as:
  • Leadership and engagement opportunities with leading CEOs and community decision-makers
  • Exclusive networking and marketing opportunities
  • All investors are listed as a preferred vendor and shared with new and expanding companies
  • Initiative implementation opportunities to guide long-term economic growth plans
  • Exclusive access to the latest community and economic development news, wins, projects, and trends.


Board of Directors

Clay Brittain

PGS Board Chair

Brittain Resort Management

Michael Benson

PGS Vice Board Chair

Coastal Carolina University

Tracy Conner

Board Member

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Brian Argo

Board Member

Conway Medical Center

Stewart Miller

Board Member

Burr & Forman LLP

Bruce Bailey

Board Member

Tidelands Health

Randy Devaux

Board Member

Kingston Resorts

Mike Chapman

Board Member

Carolina Cool

Steve Chapman

Board Member

Island Vista

Laura Crowther

Board Member

Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors

Angie Goeppinger

Board Member

SkyWheel Myrtle Beach

Carlton Lewis

Board Member

Horry Telephone Cooperative

Steve Mays

Board Member

Founders Group International

Buz Plyler

Board Member

Gay Dolphin Gift Cove

Rick Vines

Board Member

Vines Restoration, Plumbing, & HVAC

PGS Staff

Peggy Masterston

PGS Director

BJ Beaver

Workforce Talent Manager

Marianne Joy

Administrative Assistant

Frankie Colon

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