New Member Spotlight – Shannon Furtick


Are you from this area? If not, where did you move from?

I was born in Durham, NC and moved to Myrtle Beach when I was 16 years old.  Even though I was born and raised in Durham I am huge Tar Heel fan!

Tell us about your family: how long you’ve been married, what his name is and the name and age of your sweet child.

I have been married to my best friend Barrett Furtick for 3 years.  We have an adorable son Gabriel Furtick who is 8 months old.  We also have two dogs Maxx a yorkie and a lab, Dakota.

Where you work and what your title or responsibilities are at work?

I am the Membership Retention & Services Manager for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.  I am responsible for managing the chamber’s services and customer service program for members, with the ultimate goal being membership retention and growth. I have been with the chamber for seven and half years.

Favorite hobbies?

I love spending time with my son and husband, going to the beach, and grilling out with family and friends.

Your fondest memory is?

Having my son, Gabriel..  He has changed my life in so many positive ways.

Who sponsored you in joining the GS Optimist Club? How do you know her?

Bobbei Seay Ruswinckel got me involved with the Grand Strand Optimist Club.  Bobbei and I have been friends for many years.

What do you hope to gain from joining our club?

I look forward to workings with local children charities and helping the community.

Do you belong to any other clubs?

I don’t belong to any other clubs but do a lot with my church, Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church in Pawleys Island.  I am the chair for Tastes at Pawleys annual food festival raising money for Father Pat’s Lunch Kitchen providing meals to the hungry in our community.