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Scott Van Moppes Named Airport Director

Conway, South Carolina-Interim Horry County Department of Airports Director Scott Van Moppes has been named the new Airport Director.
Horry County Administrator Chris Eldridge stated, "I am proud to promote Scott to Director of the Horry County Department of Airports.  Scott is an example of hard work, dedication and striving to do the things necessary to move up in levels of responsibility.  He brings 12 years of airport experience, an intimate knowledge of airport systems, and a desire to see the county’s airports continue to grow and improve."  
Van Moppes, A.A.E. began his career with Horry County Government in the Horry County Information Technologies Office in January of 2003 and transferred to the Myrtle Beach International Airport in 2004 as the Airport Technology Manager to design systems for the upcoming terminal.  Van Moppes was then given the opportunity to pursue airport management.  According to Eldridge, Van Moppes tackled the new challenge without hesitation, and in February 2015 achieved the status of Accredited Airport Executive.  “The AAE is the highest achievable accreditation that can be earned.  Doing so is the culmination of completing all academic and professional requirements of the American Association of Airport Executives,” stated Eldridge.
Van Moppes has served as interim director since July of this year. 
Van Moppes, a native of San Diego, California, has lived in Myrtle Beach with his family since 1999,

Horry County Chooses New Airport Director

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.