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Horry County Chooses New Airport Director

On February 10, 2014 in Airport, General

Conway, South Carolina –Horry County Administrator, Chris Eldridge, has announced that Pat Apone, current Interim Airport Director, as the new Director of Airports. Apone has been an employee of the Horry County Department of Airports since 1997 and served as the Deputy Director of Finance and Administration until 2009, when she was appointed Interim Director and Chief Financial Officer until 2010. From 2010 until 2013 Apone served as the Assistant Director of Airports and was most recently appointed Interim Director in September 2013.

“Pat has been the backbone of the airport for years and has earned the top spot of Director,” stated Chris Eldridge. “When Pat began working at the airport, the airport was operating in a deficit position. Since that time, the Airport has operated more efficiently and diversified revenues to achieve a responsible fund balance that allows for an excellent bond rating and stability to weather the fluctuations of the airline industry. In her recent tenure as interim director, Pat wrapped up several projects and secured a new airline use agreement. With Pat, Horry County is getting a new Director who knows our airports inside and out, and will make an excellent addition to our management team. Her results-oriented and inclusive leadership style best fits the needs of this position.”

Apone is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance, and received her Master’s in Finance at Winthrop University. Apone is also an Accredited Airport Executive from the American Association of Airport Executives.


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