Sapone named interim Bishop International Airport director

Nino Sapone, left, with Win Cooper, chairman of the Bishop International Airport Authority Board.

Nino Sapone, left, with Win Cooper, chairman of the Bishop International Airport Authority Board.

FLINT — The Bishop International Airport Authority has named Nino Sapone, its current deputy airport director, operations and maintenance, to be interim airport director.

Sapone takes over for former director Craig Williams, who resigned in July after five years at the helm.

“I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity,” Sapone said. “Bishop International Airport is a great, userfriendly facility and the gateway to this region. I am looking forward to continuing to reach out to members of our community and to engage our partners and stakeholders to support and promote regional growth and our facility.”

Sapone came to Bishop after a nationwide search for his previous position from Pittsburgh International Airport, where he served as vice president, airport operations. According to a press release, he has more than 25 years of industry experience with strong technical and business qualifications and a track record of hands-on and progressive experience in strategic planning, business development and project management.

Sapone is an accredited airport executive (AAE) through the American Association of Airport Executives and served as the chapter president for the Northeast Chapter of the organization. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from California University of Pennsylvania. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

“I’m thrilled to announce our unanimous approval of Nino Sapone to the position of interim airport director,” said board chairman Win Cooper. “He’s more than proven that he is ready to take on the full responsibilities of running Flint Bishop Airport and to take it to the next level of excellence.”

The board announced in late July that Williams had resigned “to pursue other professional opportunities.” According to local news reports, Williams received a payout of almost $150,000 before taxes as part of a separation agreement. An amended employment agreement, obtained by The Flint Journal through the Freedom of Information Act, stated Williams would be on paid administrative leave from July 15 until Aug. 31, receive $6,648 in accrued and unused annual leave time, $10,905 in accrued sick leave and $131,272 in two lump-sum payments.

The agreement includes a “no disparagement” section detailing that “neither party shall make derogatory or negative comments about the other or its agents” and a section on confidentiality in which the airport and Williams agree not to communicate or disclose the details of his departure.