Priester Team

  • Andy Priester President & CEO

    Andy Priester President & CEO

    Andy Priester serves as Priester Aviation’s President and CEO. He is the third generation of Priesters to lead the family business. In this role, Andy is dedicated to leading the organization to become the preeminent choice in aircraft management, aircraft charter and related aviation services. During Andy’s tenure at Priester, he has grown the fleet from seven aircraft to over 50 aircraft they manage globally today. Andy holds a master’s degree from Concordia University and has held many leadership roles at aviation safety and trade associations. Andy is the immediate past Board Chair of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).

  • Viviana Kozin

    Viviana Kozin Chief Operating Officer

    Kozin joined Priester in 2004 where she began her career as a trip coordinator in the Logistics department. Over the years, Kozin was instrumental in developing Logistics into a global 24/7/365 operation, and ultimately promoted  to Vice President of Flight Logistics. Prior to joining Priester, Kozin worked for the Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK) studying and benchmarking airport noise. Kozin is a graduate of Lewis University with a B.S. in Aviation Administration, International Business and holds an FAA Approved Aircraft Dispatcher License.

  • Kurt Humm Vice President of Quality and Safety

    Kurt Humm Vice President, Quality and Safety

    Kurt Humm is responsible for Priester Aviation's Quality Management System. He is actively involved in process mapping, implementation and leading continuous quality improvement. His career spans corporate, commercial and military sectors including flight instructor, American Airlines MD-80 captain and fighter pilot/aircraft commander in the Illinois Air National Guard flying the F-4 Phantom and F-16 Falcon. Humm graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.S. in Business Administration.

  • David Prescott

    David Prescott Vice President, Maintenance

    David Prescott oversees the company’s Maintenance Control Department. Prescott’s work in the aviation industry has designated him as an experienced industry veteran who is well respected throughout the aviation community. Prescott served 10 years in the US Air Force, after which he worked for a regional Part 121 air carrier, and for United and American Airlines as a maintenance manager. In addition to his time as a maintenance manager, Prescott served as an Aircraft and Engine Project Manager, handling full scale aircraft refurbishment, pre-purchases, heavy inspections and overhauls for nearly nine years. 

     

  • Charlie Hughes Senior Vice President Management Sales

    Charlie Hughes Senior Vice President, Management Sales

    Hughes leads Priester's aircraft management sales and directs the strategic growth of the fleet. He comes to Priester Aviation with a successful history in management sales, most recently as Vice President of Management Sales at Executive Jet Management (EJM). In addition to Hughes’ management sales experience, he has held executive-level positions in charter sales and client relations spanning his aviation career. 

  • Stacey Wolfe

    Stacey M. Wolfe Director Of Human Resources/Payroll

    Stacey Wolfe brings to Priester Aviation more than 19 years of Human Resources and Payroll experience.  Stacey joined the Priester team in 2016 where she leads talent development, benefits, recruiting and payroll functions. Prior to joining Priester, Stacey spent much of her career in both the manufacturing and medical fields, with the majority of her career being spent in the medical field as an EMT. Currently, she is certified by the American Red Cross with an Instructors Certification in CPR/First Aid. Stacey holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Binghamton University - State University of New York (SUNY) with HRPD and SPHR certifications.

  • Charlie Hughes Senior Vice President Management Sales

    Charlie Hughes Senior Vice President, Management Sales

    Hughes leads Priester's aircraft management sales and directs the strategic growth of the fleet. He comes to Priester Aviation with a successful history in management sales, most recently as Vice President of Management Sales at Executive Jet Management (EJM). In addition to Hughes’ management sales experience, he has held executive-level positions in charter sales and client relations spanning his aviation career. 

  • Ted Pietrolaj, Vice President Charter Sales

    Ted Pietrolaj Director of Sales

    Ted Pietrolaj is Director of Sales Support and is responsible for client relationships covering Priester's global clientele. Pietrolaj formerly managed an in-house corporate fleet for a Fortune 100 company and has extensive flight operations experience from his role at Executive Jet Management (EJM). His extensive knowledge of both operations and the client’s perspective is invaluable. The combination of understanding the demands of charter clients and a strong knowledge of flight operations makes him perfect for this role.

  • Toby Batchelder, VP, Sales

    Toby Batchelder VP, Sales

    Toby has been in corporate aviation since 2002. His first aviation related job was heading up all sales and marketing for a Minnesota based fractional jet club called Jet Choice. Later, Toby joined Elliott Aviation to grow their aircraft charter and management programs in the greater Minneapolis area including Wisconsin and Iowa. Toby grew the fleet to 22 aircraft throughout the Midwest. In 2014, Toby joined Central Business Jets buying and selling whole aircraft. 

    Toby resides in Minnesota with his wife Sara and two children. Tatum is a sophomore at Gustavus College in southern Minnesota, and Carter is in 11th grade. When he’s not at his kids sporting events, you can find Toby on the golf course or lake.

  • Greg Cummings

    Greg Cummings Director of Business Development & Management Sales

    Greg has been a strategic pioneer in the business world for more than 22 years specializing in private aviation solutions. Greg previously served as an executive at Bombardier, FlexJet and most recently was Vice President of Sales for Fractrade. Greg has completed hundreds of transactions for customers across the globe providing solutions including ad hoc charter, jet cards, fractional sales, and whole aircraft transactions.

    Greg resides in and serves as Mayor of Crescent, Oklahoma. As Mayor, he is active in his community and serves on the Board of Directors for the Logan County Economic Development Council. During down time, Greg and his wife Tonya can be found spending time at sporting events with his youngest daughter, or happily enjoying time with one of his older two college age and adult daughters. Greg holds a Master’s degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology.

  • Deborah Maestas

    Deborah W. Maestas VP, Aircraft Management Development

    Debbie began her aviation career in 1996 as a strategic and operational executive. She served as the Chief Operating Officer for CSI Aviation, Inc., a global aviation company providing air transportation to corporations, government agencies and contractors. She grew sales to over $250M and secured the largest aviation contract with U.S. Department of Homeland Security and becoming one of the department’s Top 100 Contractors. She has a consulting company, Advance Transformation, in which she works with senior leadership, CEOs, COOs and HR on organizational oversight and strategic advice for companies and organizations.

    She is actively involved in the political arena and serves on various boards and is married with a daughter. She spends her time between New Mexico and Texas and loves to travel as well as enjoys running and music.

  • Scott Shatzer

    Scott Shatzer VP, Business Development

    Scott joins Priester bringing 30 years of corporate aviation experience with him. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Scott fell in love with aviation as a young boy. Scott worked for a farmer who happened to own a 172. The farmer enjoyed sharing his passion for aviation by taking Scott on plane rides from his grass strip. The experience made Scott realize his future would be in aviation.

    For the last 20 years, Scott worked with Flexjet as an operations manager before joining their sales team in 2004. Scott sold fractional shares in Chicagoland and Florida, where he maintains two residences.

    Scott enjoys camping, boating and the outdoors. He is also an avid traveler, having been to all but two states as well as having visited over 45 counties covering six continents. 

  • Anthony Burks

    Anthony Burks Vice President of Flight Logistics

    Anthony Burks brings more than 15 years of aviation experience to his role as Vice President of Flight Logistics. Burks joined the Priester team in 2010 where he began as a logistics coordinator. Burks was later promoted to Vice President of Flight Logistics and now to his current position as Vice President of Flight Logistics. Anthony holds a B.S. in Aviation Science from Saint Louis University (Parks College) as well as a Commercial Single and Multi-Engine Pilot Certificate and Aircraft Dispatcher licenses.

  • James Schnell Director of Client Relations

    James Schnell Director of Client Relations

    James Schnell joined the Priester team in 2005 and now leads the Client Relations Department. As Client Relations Director, Schnell oversees the client relationship, ensuring the client is at the heart of all we do. Schnell is dedicated to providing a seamless client experience from trip inquiry to day of trip execution. He is the fourth generation of Priesters to work in a management role. Schnell graduated from St. Norbert College holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.