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Priester Aviation Transitions to Third Generation of Ownership

Jul 15 2021
Charlie & Andy Priester

WHEELING, Ill. (July 15, 2021) – Priester Aviation, LLC, continues its history of family-led leadership by announcing the ascension of its next generation of ownership. The private aviation company announces that Andy Priester, President and CEO, will become its Chairman, taking over from Charlie Priester, who remains with Priester Aviation as Chairman Emeritus.

In taking up the mantle of Chairman, Andy Priester, will be third generation to steward the legacy of the company his grandfather, George, founded in 1945. Charlie Priester had led the on-demand charter, management and aviation consulting company since the 1980s.

“For more than 75 years, the Priester name has meant so much to aviation and the people with whom we’ve built strong relationships and served,” says Andy Priester. “So much of that credit goes to Charlie, who took the company to new heights over the past 40 years. His vision and connections within the industry and to people have been invaluable to our success.

“I’m honored to take that legacy and expand our vision to serve the needs of our clients for tomorrow’s challenges. While our team, operations and services have grown, we remain dedicated to serving as trusted partners for our customers.”

Under Andy Priester, the company plans to continue its commitment to maximizing stakeholder value by growing the company organically and through strategic acquisition of culturally aligned private jet operators.

He became President and CEO in 2013 and is a graduate of the University of Dayton and Concordia University. Under his tenure at Priester Aviation, the company’s fleet has grown from seven aircraft to nearly 70 today.

Priester Aviation, headquartered in Chicago, serves clients in the United States and globally from operating bases throughout the world. It operates a fleet of world-class aircraft and works with industry partners coast-to-coast. In the past three years it has expanded operations and capacity, building its team up and introducing its Centerline Jet Card program.