Larry Koester Elected Chairman of the Airport Commission

March 9, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – March 7, 2008 – Larry L. Koester was elected Chairman of the Richland-Lexington Airport Commission at the February 11th meeting. He served as Vice-Chairman from February 2006 until his appointment as Chairman.

Mr. Koester was appointed to the Commission by Governor Hodges to represent Richland County. He is a graduate of USC and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He has owned Columbia Cleaners since 1977. Prior to that, he was an Officer with South Carolina National Bank from 1972-1977.

Mr. Koester served on the Richland Memorial Hospital Board from 1986-1990. He served as Chairman of the Airport Commission’s Operations and Development Committee and Chairman of the Consultant Selection Committee. He is a member of the Coastal Conservation Association and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.