2024 Economic Growth and Real Estate Summit

March 15, 2024
Marina Inn Grande Dunes

Join us for the 2024 Economic Growth and Real Estate Summit at the Marina Inn Grande Dunes! The theme this year is “Managing capital investment in today’s economy.” We have a lineup of speakers who are very knowledgeable in this area of finance and real estate. We are excited to continue providing the opportunity for organizations to purchase table sponsorships! This year, table sponsorships will be $1,000 per table of 10. The benefits of sponsoring a table include:

  • Inclusion in pre-event advertising and public relations
  • Name inclusion on radio promos
  • Logo and name inclusion in event program
  • A table of ten at the Growth Summit
  • Invitation to networking and other special University events
  • Access to internship and hiring support
  • Listing on Grant Center’s website and in the next issue of the Grant Center newsletter

A new sponsorship level this year is a “Connections Table Sponsorship.” If there is a special project that your organization would like to be featured in the networking area of the Marina Inn on the day of the Summit, we will provide a space for you to “showcase” to our attendees. These tables are separate from the attendance to the Summit. This will not guarantee a seat in the conference space, but will provide the opportunity to display your organization’s respective project. The benefits of this opportunity stem from the attendees of the Summit. Which include utility companies, realtors, developers, government officials, higher education executives, and business executives. We are pricing this opportunity at $3,500 a table.

Individual tickets are available as well. General admission is $120 a ticket.

Please reach out to Cobi Williams at 843-349-2052 or for more information.

Go Chants!

                                                      2024 Growth Summit speaker lineup

Master of Ceremonies

Tim McGinnis
Famous Toastery Carolina Forest
South Carolina House of Representative
About Tim:
Rep. Tim McGinnis is a businessman and leader in the Grand Strand community. He is the owner of Famous Toastery in Carolina Forest and represents South Carolina State House District 56, which covers parts of the Conway, Carolina Forest, Socastee, and Longs communities. McGinnis served as a journalist and television news anchor in the Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Peoria, Ill.; Savannah, Ga.; and Augusta, Ga., markets. He is married with two kids.

Keynote speaker
Dan Handford
Managing Partner
About Dan:
Dan and his wife, Dennae, along with their 4 children (3 girls and a boy), reside and work in Columbia, SC.

Dan has an extensive successful background in starting multiple seven-figure businesses from scratch including a large group of non-surgical orthopedic medical clinics located in South Carolina. His family of companies have annual budgets in excess of $10MM.

He is the founder of the Multifamily Investor Nation where he educates a nationwide group (40,000+ members) of multifamily investors on how to properly invest in multifamily assets.

He is the co-host, along with his wife, Dennae, of the Tough Decisions for Entrepreneurs podcast which can be found on iTunes and Google Podcasts.

2024 Economic Outlook
Robert F. Salvino, Ph.D.
Research Economist
Coastal Carolina University
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About Robert:
Robert Salvino is the director of the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics and the Ammons Family Endowed Professor of Free Enterprise with Coastal Carolina University’s Wall College of Business. His research has been published in the Review of Law and Economics, Applied Economics, Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, and other journals and books. His most recent research considers economic policies and rules and their effects on behavior and economic outcomes. Dr. Salvino provides economic analysis for various industries, non-profit organizations, and government agencies and speaks regularly for many organizations across the region. His teaching interests include urban economics, real estate, and the economics of entrepreneurship. He developed and continues work to expand the real estate program at Coastal Carolina University. 

Prior to his academic career, Salvino worked in Columbus, Ohio, as a geologist for a civil engineering firm and as a large loss property claims adjuster for Nationwide Insurance. 

He earned a Ph.D. and a Master of Arts, both in economics, from Georgia State University in 2007 and 2004, respectively. He completed his undergraduate degree in geology at Marshall University in 1997. 

Jim Ambrose
Tipping Point
About Jim:
Jim founded Tipping Point with the sole purpose of unlocking a neighborhood’s highest potential through commercial real estate development.  Jim is passionate about identifying gaps and challenges in any given situation, then applying practical solutions to solve common problems for all involved - even if it means disrupting traditional ways of thinking to create the necessary outcomes.  In the last 12 months, Tipping Point has been able to secure over $135 million in economic development incentives and private investor commitments to transformative development projects across the company’s current portfolio.

Jason Greene
Myrtle Beach Downtown Alliance
About Jason:
Jason’s passion for serving people and communities is evident through his many professional, volunteer, and non-profit accomplishments. He is a Leadership Grand Strand (LGS) alumni and is committed to staying active in his current volunteer roles. His formal education, business background, and involvement in charitable causes combined with an avid concern with linking people with needed resources, are central to Greene’s personal mission of being meaningfully engaged in his community and making a difference every day. 

Meagan Michal
Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity of Horry County
About Meagan:
Meagan Michal is the Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity of Horry County, with the mission of putting God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. The organization is currently opening a 2nd ReStore location, building new homes across the county, creating long term systems change and capacity building for municipalities' role in the development of housing for everyone, delivering financial literacy education, and providing tens of thousands of volunteer hours to the Horry County community. Meagan joined Habitat 3 years ago to create the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative for the affiliate. In the last 3 years, the new initiative launched a home repair program to serve over 70 families, advocated for over $750k of public and private investment in a disinvested park, and facilitated growing groups of residents who are crossing divides and pursuing wholeness in their communities.

Prior to Habitat, Meagan served in leadership roles at Tech Talent & Strategy, a national company that specializes in diversifying tech talent pipelines through customized training programs for organizations ranging in size from Fortune 100 to small startups. The Coastal Carolina University grad holds her bachelor's in marketing and master's in international trade from ESCE, in Paris, France. She is on the board of the Myrtle Beach Downtown Alliance and just completed two terms of service for the City of Myrtle Beach's Technology Advisory Group. You can find Meagan and her family walking to eat anywhere they can from their home in the heart of downtown MB!

2024 Economic Growth and Real Estate Summit
Timeline of events

7:30 am-Breakfast and Registration
8 am-Opening Remarks
8:15 am- 2024 Economic Outlook: Robert F. Salvino, Ph.D., Coastal Carolina University
9:15 am-Managing capital investment in today's economy; Dan Handford,
10:15 am-Networking Break
11 am- South Carolina Real Estate Awards & South Carolina Real Estate Hall of Fame
11:15 am-The State of Workforce Housing: Dan Handford,; Meagan Michal, Habitat for Humanity of Horry County; Jason Greene, Myrtle Beach Downtown Alliance
12 pm-Closing Remarks

We appreciate the support from our sponsors of the 2023 Economic Growth and Real Estate Summit

                                                         Important Documents

2024 South Carolina Real Estate Awards "Call for Nominations"
2024 Economic Growth and Real Estate Summit sponsorship form