Condo-World founder Roy Clyburn passes away

US: Roy Clyburn, founder and CEO of Myrtle Beach-based vacation rental management company Condo-World, has passed away unexpectedly at the age of 85.

Clyburn, who founded Condo-World in 1986 with 12 condos, died on Sunday at home in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Regarded as a pioneer in the vacation rental industry, Clyburn grew Condo-World to become the largest provider of oceanfront vacation rentals in North Myrtle Beach, managing almost 500 condos, as well as resorts and beach homes. In recent years, he branded the Condo-World name into a nationwide travel agency network and ‘hybrid OTA’, that connects consumers and businesses to thousands of vacation accommodation properties across the United States.

A company tribute read: “Sometimes in life, you get lucky enough to cross paths with someone who makes your journey better in big ways and small. Roy was that person for so many of us.

“On behalf of our team, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Roy’s wife, Caroline, his children, grandchildren, family and friends. We share your heartbreak, and we will miss Roy deeply,” it concluded.

Well known for his entrepreneurial spirit, Clyburn also founded American Display, a company providing point of purchase displays, in Concord, North Carolina, with his friend, John Barnhardt.

A graveside service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Concord, North Carolina, and a celebration of his life will take place at the Surf Club in North Myrtle Beach on 25 September.