PGV announces hiring of new executive director
The Daily Reflector
Monday, February 18, 2019
The Pitt-Greenville Airport Board of Directors announced on Monday that Kim W. (Bill) Hopper has been named as the new executive director for the airport’s operations, effective March 4.
Hopper brings more than 30 years of airport operations management experience, having previously served as director of aviation at Elmira-Corning Regional Airport in Horseheads, New York, where he managed multimillion-dollar terminal and taxiway projects while simultaneously increasing commercial carrier service, a news release stated.
As a lifelong aviation professional, Hopper began his aviation career as an air traffic controller with the United States Marine Corps at MCAS New River in 1982 and is an accredited airport executive in the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), according to the release. Additionally, he has served on the AAAE Board of Directors, as well as holding leadership positions in regional chapters of the AAAE and other aviation management associations.
The PGV Airport Authority Board was unanimous in its decision to offer the executive director position to Hopper after conducting a nationwide search and interviewing numerous candidates.
“Bill was selected from a large qualified candidate pool not only because of his excellent credentials and technical expertise, but also his experience in successfully leading other similar airports through some of the same challenges and opportunities facing PGV,” PGV Airport Authority Board Chairman Eric Clark said. “His successful recruitment of additional commercial air service carriers while also diversifying and expanding non-aeronautical revenue streams demonstrated significant capability in two of the highest-priority areas for the board.”
Hopper is no stranger to eastern North Carolina. In addition to serving in the Marine Corps at New River, he and his family frequently vacation at Surf City on Topsail Island, the release said.
“I am very excited to join the Pitt-Greenville Airport team,” Hopper said. “The airport has great potential for air service growth and other business development opportunities.
“In my visits to the airport, it was obvious the board and staff are very dedicated to Pitt Greenville’s success and its service to the area,” Hopper said. “I am delighted to join the airport community its next exciting chapter. My wife and I also can’t wait to return to North Carolina and be members of the Pitt County community.”