County hires Ward Edwards project manager Jon Rembold as new airports director [The Island Packet (Hilton Head Island, S.C.)]
(Island Packet (Hilton Head, SC) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 22--New Beaufort County Airports Director Jon Rembold began his new duties Monday.
Rembold accepted an offer to become the new county airports director at the end of last week, ending an 11-month search.
The former U.S. Marine Corps ground officer and Ward Edwards project manager spent Monday in orientation at the Lady's Island airport, County Administrator Gary Kubic said.
"I'm really excited about it, I think Jon's a good fit for us," Kubic said.
Rembold served as chairman of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the 2011-12 year.
Rembold brings extensive leadership experience and managerial skills to the position, Kubic said. At Ward Edwards, Rembold managed more than 200 residential and commercial development projects.
Managing those projects fostered a keen understanding of how to balance needs and demands, from budgets to schedules to customer service, Rembold said.
"I'll be able to speak the same language," he said.
The skills that applied as a manager for Ward Edwards will serve Rembold well as he juggles runway extensions, tree-cutting programs and terminal renovation projects as airports director, Kubic said.
About six people applied for the position, Kubic said. Kubic and deputy county administrator Bryan Hill interviewed three candidates by phone earlier this year, but opened the search again because Kubic wasn't comfortable with the results, he said.
Rembold emerged as the best fit for the job both because of his managerial experience and because he's already a part of the Beaufort County communities, Kubic said. Rembold's salary is set at $85,000 a year, he added.
For now, Rembold's focused on learning the job, which is like "sipping from a fire hose," he said.
"I'm going in with eyes wide open," he said. "I really do want to help the county grow economically, and I think the airports are a part of that."
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