As reported by David Hucks this past week the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has hired an interim CEO until one can be hired to replace former Brad Dean. Dean abruptly resigned in March and was gone by end of April to Puerto Rico, leaving not only a huge responsibility but also leaving other Chamber executives holding a major lawsuit launched by Karon Mitchell. In the lawsuit the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Myrtle Beach and the County of Horry have been named as defendants. Mitchell’s suit makes claims of cronyism and misuse of tax funding between and through the three entities, among other allegations. Having found very suspicious relations between these three, it is just natural that we would research and continue to question anyone stepping into fulfilling Dean’s position or any other position that might in turn use the Tourism Development Fee in a manner it was not intended. The TDF, which is an imposed 1% fee charged within the City of Myrtle Beach on certain retail sales, in turn is collected and bound with other taxes and fees then given to the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to pay for “out of area” tourism marketing. Extensive research has caused major questions as to exactly who and where these funds are going. As research continues, a larger web of cronyism and malfeasance have been found as Mitchell’s case appears to grow each day.
Jan H. Hollar who has taken the interim position of CEO for the Chamber of Commerce came to the Chamber from being the former CEO of Horry County State Bank from April 2016 until July 2017. The HCSB home office was located in the city of Loris, South Carolina in Horry County. Research has found HCSB has a rich history which began over a hundred year ago in Loris and grew to heights the original founders would be proud of. HCSB evidently reached its pinnacle last May as it appears it merged into Union Community Bank Inc. Researching the Board of Directors of HCSB, two Myrtle Beach links were found, but only one has a definite link to the City of Myrtle Beach and the Chamber of Commerce, and yes, it begs the question as to how and why Hollar was chosen for the position. There is no doubt reviewing Hollar’s credentials that she may in fact be a great fit, aside from one particular business link she has incurred. That link is none other than Clay D. Brittain III.
Three weeks ago David Hucks laid out the direct “Crony” line between the Brittain’s and the Chamber of Commerce. You can read the finding here and make your own conclusions. https://myrtlebeachsc.com/residents-define-crony-for-the-myrtle-beach-area-chamber/
It appears the Brittain’s had and still have their hands in just about every corporate “cookie jar” Horry and Myrtle Beach has ever contrived. In this case, filings to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for HCSB 2016 show Brittain as Director for HCSB since 2002, with an interest of 1,514,326 shares at the filings of December 2016.
As we’ve stated before, appearances really are everything. Unfortunatly of late, nothing appears to be as it really is. As Granny used to say “Always be careful, when ya lay down with dogs, ya get up with blood sucking fleas and ticks that will kill ya real slow.”
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