SCEDA names new executive director, taps management group.

The South Carolina Economic Developers' Association has named a new executive director and an agency to lead the statewide organization.

Beacon Association Management will lead SCEDA in day-to-day operations including the execution of large events and coordinating membership meetings, according to a SCEDA news release. In addition, it will guide the board through strategic planning, and provide comprehensive metrics and reports to evaluate and continue the planning process for the future, the release stated.

Also, Katie Koon, CEO of Beacon Association Management, will serve as the new executive director of SCEDA, according to the release.

Koon replaces Andrea "Andi" Rawl. In June, the S.C. Manufacturers Alliance hired Lexington-native Rawl as executive director of the S.C. Automotive Council.

Five team members will work closely with SCEDA in support of Koon, who has experience serving as executive director for various trade and professional associations, the release stated. Those experiences include leading Community College Business Officers, the South Carolina Aviation Association and the South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors, according to...

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