MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Partnership Grand Strand (PGS), the community foundation of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC), is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Shaaber as Entrepreneur Retention Manager.
In this role, Shaaber is responsible for implementing a regional program designed to retain entrepreneurs and small businesses within priority industries such as aerospace, commercial construction, healthcare, manufacturing, professional services, technology and the trades.
Shaaber will report to Peggy Masterson, the director of the foundation, and work closely with the chamber, regional agencies and alliances such as eMYRge, the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Corporation, the North Eastern Strategic Alliance and the South Carolina Dept. of Commerce.
“We’re thrilled to have Mark join us at Partnership Grand Strand to assist with fulfilling our mission to enhance quality of life across our region," Masterson said. “The Grand Strand is embracing new opportunities to diversify its economy and Mark will work to foster this vibrant landscape of professional opportunities.”
Shaaber brings a dynamic array of experiences to the position. He founded two small businesses and served executive level positions at several for-profit and not-for-profit corporations in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Prior to that, his 20-year career in the U.S. Army led to a strategic planning position at The Pentagon. He is originally from Pennsylvania and holds a master’s degree in computer resources and information management.
“I’m looking forward to using my proven track record in collaborative leadership and strategic planning to accelerate our community’s journey toward the future with the ultimate goal of expanding sustainable career opportunities designed to retain our talented entrepreneurs here in the Grand Strand,” Shaaber said.
He resides in Myrtle Beach with his wife and in his spare time, enjoys getting together with friends, golfing, motorcycling and fishing.
For more information, visit PartnershipGrandStrand.com.
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About Partnership Grand Strand:
Partnership Grand Strand is a 501c3 foundation launched in 2022 by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to fund a five-year community development initiative. Through investments from local businesses and partnerships with community organizations, the foundation leads and supports efforts related to four pillars of success: prosperity, talent, place and infrastructure. Through their focused endeavors, Partnership Grand Strand works to enhance quality of life across Horry and Georgetown counties. PartnershipGrandStrand.com
About Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau:
Since 1938, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) has stood as the unified voice of the Grand Strand's business community. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded MBACC its five-star accreditation — one of only a few chambers in South Carolina to earn this distinction. The award-winning Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and its destination marketing arm, Visit Myrtle Beach, promote tourism through various partnerships and initiatives to advance the economic success of the Grand Strand. For more information, visit MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com, MyrtleBeachAreaCVB.com and VisitMyrtleBeach.com.