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HGTC Welcomes New Appointments to Area Commission

(Conway, SC) 02/05/2024

John CassidyByron David












Left Photo: John Cassidy. Right Photo: Byron David

Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) is pleased to announce the appointment of two accomplished professionals to its Area Commission. Governor Henry McMaster has appointed Mr. John Cassidy, Co-founder and President of Duplicates INK – marketSMART, and Mr. Byron David, Attorney at The David Law Firm, to serve three-year terms, effective until July 2026.

The appointments of Mr. Cassidy and Mr. David come at a crucial time for HGTC, following the retirement of Mr. Melvin Nobles and the passing of Mr. Donald Helms, both of whom have played integral roles in the college's success. 

Mr. Byron David, a respected attorney and judge with deep roots in Horry and Georgetown counties, expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunity, stating, "HGTC is an economic powerhouse for our community, and I am honored to contribute to its success on the Area Commission. President Fore and the administration are doing an exceptional job adapting to our area’s evolving workforce needs, and I am extremely excited to get to work and help."

With a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina, Mr. David brings a wealth of legal expertise and a commitment to community service. He resides in Myrtle Beach with his wife Brooke and their two sons, embodying a strong connection to the local community.

Mr. John Cassidy, known for his dynamic role as Co-founder and President of Duplicates INK - marketSMART, expressed his gratitude for the appointment, stating, "My passion for entrepreneurship aligns seamlessly with HGTC's commitment to fostering success in higher education and beyond. I look forward to contributing to the growth and development of the College and its students."

Governor McMaster's strategic appointment of Mr. Cassidy reflects a commitment to leveraging his extensive experience for the benefit of HGTC and its stakeholders. As a leader in entrepreneurship with a successful track record spanning three decades, Mr. Cassidy's appointment underscores the Governor's dedication to bringing individuals with diverse and impactful backgrounds to key positions within the state.

Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore, HGTC President, expressed excitement about the new appointments, stating, "We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Byron David and Mr. John Cassidy to the HGTC Area Commission. Their expertise and dedication will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success and growth of our institution." 

The HGTC community eagerly anticipates the positive impact that Mr. Cassidy and Mr. David will make. Their appointments are effective immediately, and they join the Area Commission in working towards the college's mission of providing accessible and affordable higher education and training to meet the diverse needs of the community.