Leadership

Christine Deister President and Chief Executive Officer

Christine Deister is the President and CEO of Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation. Christine is responsible for the leadership of the airline and oversees all operating, safety, regulatory, financial and administrative responsibilities and policies.

Reporting directly to Christine are the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, as well as the Safety/Regulatory and Human Resources departments. Additionally, she directs and coordinates short- and long-range strategies and objectives for the company to ensure its long-term growth and viability, with a key focus on developing superior operational performance and economically effective partnerships with major airline partners.

Christine most recently held the position of Chief Commercial Officer for the airline, and prior to that, held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since 2004, when she joined the company. Before joining Air Wisconsin, she was the Executive Vice President, CFO and Treasurer for four years at Hawaiian Airlines in Honolulu, following a long career at Trans World Airlines, where she last held the position of Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer. Christine earned a General Certificate of Education with the University of London.

She currently serves on the Board as well as the President’s Council of the Regional Airlines Association (RAA). Christine previously has served with multiple professional associations in leadership positions, including the Board of Directors of ARINC (Aeronautical Radio Inc.); the Finance and Audit Subcommittee for the Board of Worldspan; and the Airlines Reporting Corporation Board of Directors.

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Bob Frisch Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Captain Bob Frisch is Air Wisconsin’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he leads all of the airline’s operational functions and departments in support of our Flying, Maintenance, and Customer Service. Additionally, Bob is responsible for all labor relations functions for Air Wisconsin.

Previously, Bob served as Vice President – Flight Operations and Labor Relations, overseeing Air Wisconsin’s labor relations functions and flight and inflight operations including, flight and inflight standards, training and operations. Bob joined Air Wisconsin in 1999 and has over 20 years of commercial flying experience. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and is a qualified pilot for Air Wisconsin.

In addition to his role with Air Wisconsin, he serves as a volunteer mediator for the Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center and a volunteer arbitrator for the Wisconsin Bar Association. Bob received his degree in agricultural aviation from the University of Minnesota, completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Dakota and received his Juris Doctorate from Concord University School of Law.

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Stan Petersen-Gauthier Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

As Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Stan is responsible for Financial Planning and Analysis, the Controller, Accounting and Treasury functions, Tax, Risk Management and Employee Benefits, and Strategic Sourcing and Procurement. Stan focuses on multiple initiatives to analyze, develop and manage a disciplined, competitive cost structure throughout the flying and ground-handling business units of the company, as well as oversees the development of all Air Wisconsin’s Employee Benefit programs.

Stan joined Air Wisconsin as Internal Auditor in 1983. After a brief time with Midwest Express Airlines, he returned to Air Wisconsin as Budget Administrator in 1989. Since then, he has served Air Wisconsin in a number of senior financial management roles, including VP of Financial Planning and Analysis as well as VP and Controller.

Before earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Stan also served three years of active duty in the U.S. Army. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.

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Jeffrey Bethune Vice President of Financial and Business Analysis

Jeff Bethune is Air Wisconsin’s Vice President of Financial and Business Analysis. He is responsible for all company operating and capital budgets and the coordination of financial analysis relating to the company's regional jet and airport operations business units. He also leads the preparation of bids in response to requests for proposal associated with new business opportunities.

Jeff joined Air Wisconsin in 2007 from Mesa Air Group, a regional airline headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., where he was Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis. During his career at Mesa, he also held the positions of Director of Business Development and Senior Financial Analyst in the Planning Division.

Prior to Mesa, Jeff was employed by America West Airlines, where he held various divisional finance positions in Maintenance and Technical Services, Information Technology, and Sales and Marketing.

He earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Connecticut.

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Gregg Garvey Vice President of Tax, Risk Management and Employee Benefits

Gregg Garvey is Air Wisconsin’s Vice President of Tax, Risk Management and Employee Benefits. He joined the company in 1999 as Director of Tax and Risk Management and was promoted to the Managing Director position in May 2004.

In addition to leading Employee Benefits, he is responsible for all income, sales and use, property and excise tax compliance for Air Wisconsin, as well as all non-benefit insurance placements and risk-related matters.

Prior to Air Wisconsin, Gregg held the positions of Tax Manager, Tax Supervisor and Staff Accountant at Schenck & Associates, a large regional public accounting firm in Appleton, Wis. His experience also includes serving as Senior Tax Accountant and Financial Analyst for Repap Wisconsin, a former paper manufacturer in Kimberly, Wis.

A Certified Public Accountant, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He also holds a Master of Science in taxation (MST) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a finance emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

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Janet Huculak Vice President of Maintenance, Engineering, and Procurement

As Vice President of Maintenance, Engineering, and Procurement, Janet Huculak leads all purchasing and sourcing functions to ensure the company achieves the best value combination of quality and reliability at the lowest total cost of ownership for all products and services provided to Air Wisconsin.

This includes analyzing current expenditures, issuing RFPs to vendors, reviewing competitive bids, negotiating and awarding vendor contracts, and identifying new opportunities to reduce costs and improve productivity.

Since joining Air Wisconsin in 1997, Janet has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in the accounting, budgeting and financial analysis areas. Prior to joining Air Wisconsin, she was employed by Canadian national food distributor CSP Foods, where she had responsibility for accounting and purchasing functions.

Janet holds a Business Administration degree in accounting from Conestoga College in Ontario, Canada, and has completed five levels of the Canadian Certified Management Accounting Program (CMA).

She is a past member of the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) and the Executive Board of Directors at Ridgeway Country Club in Neenah, Wis. Additionally, she has served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Brigade, Neenah, Wis., and as Treasurer of the Appleton, Wis., Curling Club.

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Laurie Martin Vice President of Inflight and Customer Service

Laurie Martin is Air Wisconsin's Vice President of Inflight and Customer Service. In this role Laurie is responsible for all customer service functions of the airline, including Inflight Services, Airport Operations and Flight Administration. She joined Air Wisconsin in 1983 in revenue accounting and held several positions with increasing responsibilities. Most recently she held the position of Managing Director of Inflight Services, overseeing inflight standards and compliance, training, on-board product and contract policy administration.

Laurie participated in the acquisition of Aspen Airways, Mountain Air Express and the addition of two new aircraft types to the Air Wisconsin certificate.

Laurie attended the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she majored in Special Education. She is a qualified Flight Attendant and Training Instructor.

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Chris White Vice President of Safety and Security

Chris White is Air Wisconsin's Vice President - Safety and Security. Chris is responsible for the administration of safety and security at Air Wisconsin and reports directly to the President and CEO. Along with leading all safety functions, which include Flight- and Ground-Safety, Emergency Preparedness and Response, the Corporate Safety Management System and the Internal Evaluation Program, he is responsible for all security functions throughout the organization including liaison and interface with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Chris joined Air Wisconsin in 2010 and most recently held the position of Managing Director - Safety. Prior to joining Air Wisconsin, Chris spent 17 years with Midwest Airlines in Milwaukee, where he served as Vice President - Safety and Regulatory Compliance. His duties included flight and ground safety, emergency response, occupational health and safety, corporate and operational security programs, insurance claims and risk management. He also served as Midwest's corporate liaison to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and other regulatory agencies.

Chris holds a Master of Science in Management from Cardinal Stritch University and completed additional graduate coursework through Boeing's MBA Executive program at Seattle University. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, holds an FAA Private Pilot's license and serves on the Regional Airline Association's (RAA) Safety and Security Councils.

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