Jeffrey Erickson was appointed to his current position with the Company on October 7, 2013 and will manage all aspects of growth. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Global Aviation Holdings, Inc., appointed in MONTH 2013. From 2001 through 2008, Mr. Erickson was President, CEO, and Director of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings. Managed the company through its 2004 bankruptcy filing, including a major fleet rationalization. Retired as CEO in 2007 and accepted a position on the company’s Board of Directors. In 2001 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 was President, CEO & Director of Trans World Airlines where after a failed bankruptcy by prior management was responsible to assemble a new management team and institute 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 served as President, CEO & Director of Reno Air where he was a key member that planned, financed, and implemented the start-up of the airline and grew the company to over $200 million in revenues.
Michael Morisi 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 new markets during the companies’ rapid growth in its first two years. He was then promoted to Team Manager of the 747 operations established the operating procedures for service from Newark to London, Brussels, Los Angeles and San Francisco and lead the 747 operations teams at Newark. Mike worked with Continental shortly after the 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 M. Isaacson has been engaged in the aviation sector over 18 years in financial management positions. From November 2009 through September 2013 he served as the Chief Financial Officer as Chief Financial Officer 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) 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 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 and July 1988 through April 1995 he served as Manager-Capital Markets and Analysis for Delta Air Lines Inc. managing staff of 17 financial analysts and was responsible for financial planning and analysis and strategic planning.
Captain Brent James served as an active Naval Officer and F-14 pilot including two combat tours. He was Top Gun Instructor, commanded Fighter Squadron 143 (Clifton Award as the Navy’s Best Fighter Squadron) and the USS DETROIT. After retirement, he spent 13 years with Gemini Air Cargo/Gemini Worldwide Airlines (ATP/DC-10 Type Rating), holding positions at Gemini as International Flight Operator, International Captain, Check Airman, Flight Standards, Director of Operations, and Vice President of Operations.
Michael Bianchi has been in aircraft maintenance professional with over 27 years in the industry. He has held many positions for Part 121 air carriers responsible for maintenance organizations which include the Director of Maintenance, Director of Quality Control, Director of Technical Operations and Vice President of Technical Services for both passenger and cargo operators which include Pan American, Polar Air Cargo, Southern Air Transport, American Eagle Airlines and Pinnacle Airlines. His experience 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.
Barry Baker 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 from 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 started his aviation career with American Eagle as a Manager of the Maintenance Operations from February 1988 through December 1996, and as Mechanic/Maintenance Controller from February 1985 through January 1988.
Chris Synder has 27 years of experience in aviation. Since 2007, he has assisted with the start-up of Skybus Airlines by assisting inn successfully securing 13 FAA comprehensive audits that covered safety, customer service, training, information technology, maintenance, and other operational areas. In early 2000, he was given the task of maintaining the Corporate Emergency Response Plan where his first assignment was to assist with the set-up of the Family Assistance Center for the crash of flight 5481 in Charlotte. In the late 1990’s he served in the Corporate Safety Department at U.S. Airways performing internal evaluations on station operations, and opening several stations in Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. Prior to that he held positions at U.S. Airways in the areas of Customer Service, Operations, and was a Supervisor in the Operations Tower at Pittsburgh International Airport. His career began when he was employed as a Reservation Manager for Certified in the mid-1980’s.
Edward J. Beacon joins the Company following an exemplary 38-year aviation career with well over 17,000 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 15 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.
Timothy Drake he most recently was on Gemini Worldwide Airways’ executive team 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 and for flight operations activities. 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.