Our People

Jeffrey Erickson (Chief Executive Officer) was appointed to his current position with PEOPLExpress on October 7, 2013 and is responsible for managing all aspects of organizational growth and development. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Global Aviation Holdings, Inc. From 2001 through 2008, Mr. Erickson was President, CEO, and Director of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings where he led the company through its 2004 bankruptcy filing, including a major fleet rationalization and transition. He retired as CEO in 2007, at which time he accepted a position on the company’s Board of Directors. In 2001, he served as Director General of Air Afrique to assist the airline through a major financial overhaul under a seven month mandate initiated by the World Bank. Developed and implemented a major restructuring and labor force reduction in preparation for its planned takeover by Air France. From 1994 through 1997 Mr. Erickson was President, CEO & Director of Trans World Airlines where, after a failed bankruptcy by prior management, was responsible for building a new management team and instituting a strategic repositioning to improve overall operating and financial performance. He negotiated new cost effective labor agreements and implemented a fleet renewal program with orders, options and financing for 50 new aircraft. From 1991 through 1994 he served as President, CEO & Director of Reno Air where he was a key member of the founding team who planned, financed, and implemented the start-up of the airline and grew the company to over $200 million in revenues.

Michael Morisi (Founder & Advisor) is the Founder of PEOPLExpress and has been actively engaged in the formation of the Company since April 2010. He has over 25 years of entrepreneurial business development and marketing experience.

Mike began his airline career with the original PEOPLExpress in 1981 and was charged with opening numerous new markets during the company’s rapid growth in its first two years. He was then promoted to Team Manager of 747 operations in which capacity he established the operating procedures for service from Newark to London, Brussels, Los Angeles and San Francisco and led the 747 operations teams at Newark. Mike worked with Continental Airlines for a short time after the PEOPLExpress/Continental merger then left to become Vice President of Leisure Air, a worldwide charter airline. After leaving the airline business he was a business development consultant and worked for firms including the Ritz Carlton Hotels, Christian Broadcasting Network, CIBER Federal Enterprise Security, Cruise International, and Windjammer Cruises.

James Isaacson (Chief Financial Officer) has been engaged in the aviation industry for over 18 years in financial management positions. From November 2009 through September 2013 he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Vision Airways where he was responsible for financial planning, accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, treasury, taxes, risk management & assessment, banking relationships, and cash management. From November 2001 through October 2009 he served as Chief Financial Officer of BBB Service Company (d/b/a Wendy’s) where he was responsible for accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, and leasing and financial analysis for 51 restaurants located in Georgia and Florida. From December 1996 through November 2001 he served as Chief Financial Officer for International Airline Support Group, Inc., a publicly traded aircraft parts distribution company where he was responsible for accounting, treasury, administration, and credit/collections. From April 1995 through December 1996 he served as Director-Corporate Finance for ValuJet Airlines, responsible for commercial and investment banking, forecasting, capital budgeting, and financial analysis. From May 1984 through April 1995 was employed by Delta Air Lines where he served as Senior Programs Analyst and subsequently as Manager-Capital Markets and Analysis, managing a staff of 17 financial analysts and responsible for financial planning and analysis, as well as strategic planning.

Jason Moulton (Vice President Finance/Controller, Director) is currently President of Moulton Accounting Inc., a third generation family business. Mr. Moulton achieved revenue growth of 10 to 12 percent each of the last five years. He is an Accountant specializing in all aspects of business start-up; business plans, cost analysis, and accounting system implementation. He has demonstrated strength in identifying exceptional personnel and implementing efficient practices to increase productivity. Jason has worked with the new People Express since its inception and has developed the financial forecasts and cost model for our start-up.

Captain Brent James (Vice President of Operations) served 23 years as an active duty Naval Officer and F-14 pilot including two combat tours and nearly 1,000 carrier arrested landings. He was a Top Gun Instructor, commanded Fighter Squadron 143 (Clifton Award as the Navy’s Best Fighter Squadron) and USS DETROIT. He also served as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon and was later selected as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (General Colin Powell). After retirement from the Navy, he was recruited by the Founding Team of Gemini Air Cargo/Gemini Worldwide Airlines (ATP/DC-10 Type Rating) where he spent 13 years, holding senior positions including International Captain, Check Airman, Flight Standards, Director of Operations, and Vice President of Operations. He was directly responsible for every aspect of the performance of a global operation which included 21 wide-body DC-10 and MD-11 aircraft and over 400 pilots and crewmembers. He was also selected by his peers from other member airlines for the position of Chairman of the National Air Carrier Association’s Operations Council. Captain James has over 10,000 hours of accident-free flight time. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and Harvard University.

Michael Bianchi (Vice President of Technical Operations) is an aircraft maintenance professional with over 27 years in the industry. He has previously led airline maintenance organizations, having held a variety of aircraft maintenance positions for Part 121 air carriers including Director of Maintenance, Director of Quality Control, Director of Technical Operations and Vice President of Technical Services. His experience spans both passenger and cargo operators including Pan American World Airways, Polar Air Cargo, Southern Air Transport, American Eagle Airlines and Pinnacle Airlines and includes developing and implementing maintenance programs, inspection programs, training programs, airline certification, and aircraft conformity. Mike’s experience also includes working as airline industry advocate and subject matter expert for Airlines for America (Air Transport Association) the top airline trade association and has an excellent working relationship with the FAA. Mike is a graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics with a Minor in Aviation Safety.

David Wright (Vice President of Information Technology) joined the Company bringing not only his technical expertise, but also his solid entrepreneurial and leadership skills gained through the founding and growth of an innovative and respected IT consulting firm. Recognized as a team-oriented leader with a gift for managing people as well as projects, he has also been responsible for the design, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of a broad range of technology including Oracle databases, servers, networks, and business applications. His experience in successfully delivering IT programs for corporations in industries in the higher education, legal, consulting, software, retail and hospitality industries has provided him with a unique insight into the needs of our company and its customers. Combined with his ability to leverage his business acumen to build the interpersonal relationships necessary for long- term growth, his background offers a diverse skillset that goes beyond technical knowledge and is invaluable for this role in a startup. Over the past two years, he has led our efforts from concept development and identification of business requirements to the build out, project management, and integration of our reservations, human resources, and other systems to prepare PEOPLExpress for launch and to ensure a stable and successful operation

Steven Shatsky (Vice President of Marketing and Sales) comes to PEOPLExpress with over 20 years of marketing and business development experience. Having begun his career with the original PEOPLExpress Airlines in the 1980’s where he served in marketing, customer service and operational roles, he subsequently went on to serve as a Consulting Manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was involved with projects for several companies in the airline industry and later in Marketing and Sales leadership roles for organizations including SAP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Coca Cola Bottling Group (Southwest), and Cunningham Communications. He has been a featured speaker at local and national conferences on the effective use of technology and social media in marketing and business development and has consulted with start-up companies on developing their marketing programs and sales organizations.

Barry Baker (Director of Maintenance) is an aviation professional with more than 26 years of experience in FAR Part 121/135 operations. His broad knowledge of the airline industry has been attained through holding responsible positions in all areas of maintenance and engineering. He has held several positions with Pinnacle Airlines including Director of Quality Control from November 2009 through June 2100, Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering from September 2002 through November 2009, Director of Maintenance from April 1999 through September 2002, Director of Materials from April 1998 through April 1999, and Director of Technical Services from January 1996 through April 1998. He began his aviation career with American Eagle, serving as Manager of the Maintenance Operations from February 1988 through December 1996, and as Mechanic/Maintenance Controller from February 1985 through January 1988.

Captain Edward Beacon (Chief Pilot) has had a 38-year aviation career with well over 17,000 accident-free hours of flight time. He has operated B747-400, B747-Classic, MD-11, and DC-10 airliners worldwide along with many various corporate business aviation turboprop and jet aircraft. His aviation safety record has no accidents, incidents, or violations and he received the 8,500 hour National Business Aviation Association Pilot Safety Award in 1997. He has proven team management and leadership skills that inspire an attitude for safety, teamwork, and appropriate conservative risk management. Ed spent 12 years with Gemini Air Cargo/Gemini Worldwide Airlines and several other International & Domestic Airlines holding such positions as B747, DC10, and MD11 Captain and Check Airman in the Aircraft and Flight Simulators. During that time, he also held several Senior Airline Management positions such as Chief Pilot, Director of Flight Standards, and DC10 & MD11 Fleet Manager. He previously held several Senior Corporate Business Aviation Management positions such as Director of Flight Operations and Chief Pilot.

Captain Timothy Drake (Director of Training) most recently was a member of Gemini Worldwide Airways’ executive team, serving as Chief Operating Officer responsible for airline operations. Tim has been active in the airline industry since 1985 and was a key member of the management team at MAXjet since early 2004. As Chief Pilot, an FAA required position; he directly supervised all MAXjet pilots in the performance of their duties. Prior to joining MAXjet, Tim was an FAA appointed Aircrew Program Designee and an All-Checks Check Airman for Midway Airlines as well as a line Captain and was involved with two FAR 121 airline certifications. He was also Chief Pilot and head of the Flight Department for Lewis University. Tim has logged more than 13,000 flight hours over his 25 years as an airline pilot. He holds a BS in Aviation along with numerous certifications and type ratings.