Christine Deister is the President and CEO of Air Wisconsin Airlines. 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 Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer; and Senior Vice President Finance, Technology, and Business Analysis 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.
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.
Gregg Garvey is Air Wisconsin’s Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer. In addition to leading the Employee Benefits area, he is responsible for the company’s income, sales and use, property and excise tax compliance, as well as all non-benefit insurance placements such as property, hull and liability, and workers compensation programs.
Prior to joining Air Wisconsin in 1999, Gregg held the positions of Tax Manager, Tax Supervisor, and Staff Accountant at Schenck & Associates, a large regional public accounting firm in Appleton, WI. His experience also includes work as a Senior Tax Accountant and Financial Analyst for Repap Wisconsin, a former paper manufacturer in Kimberly, WI.
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.
As Senior Vice President of Finance, Technology, and Business Analysis, Janet Schedler has oversight for all company operating and capital budgets as well as strategic long-range forecasting. Additionally, Janet provides in-depth financial analysis and modelling to support the operational and economic aspects of the company’s regional jet capacity purchase agreement, leads the analysis for all prospective business enhancements, and negotiates contracts and sourcing initiatives. Janet’s responsibilities also include overseeing the Information Technology and Business Intelligence department with the goal of providing leaders with the technology and data to innovate the business and streamline decision making.
Since joining Air Wisconsin in 1997, Janet has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility including Assistant Controller, Managing Director of Budgets and Financial Analysis, Vice President of Strategic Sourcing, and most recently Vice President of Maintenance, Engineering and Procurement.
Janet graduated from Conestoga College (Canada) with a degree in Business Administration – Accounting and worked for several Canadian companies before moving to Wisconsin in 1995.
She is a past member of the Executive Board of Directors at Ridgeway Country Club in Neenah, Wisconsin and has served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Brigade, and as Treasurer for the Appleton Curling Club.
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.
Jim McLeod is Air Wisconsin’s Vice President of Information Technology and Business Intelligence. In this role, he is responsible for establishing, planning, and administering the overall policies and goals for the Information Technology Department. He also works to align technology solutions to evolving company needs through speed of delivery, expanding business intelligence, providing service flexibility and maintaining a highly stable and reliable IT infrastructure.
Jim joined the company in 2009 as Business Partner/Applications Manager - serving as the IT Department’s primary liaison with Maintenance, Strategic Sourcing, and Systems Operations Control (SOC). Prior to being appointed to his current position, he served as Director of Business Technology Delivery for more than four years.
Before joining Air Wisconsin, Jim worked at Appvion (formerly Appleton Papers, Inc.), where he served in various positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as National Accounts/Global Transportation Manager.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Michael Perrizo is Air Wisconsin’s Vice President of Flight Operations. He provides strategic direction in all areas of Flight Operations, including flight standards, flight training and line operations. Additionally, Michael is an active participant in pilot labor relations activities, and serves as the Director of Operations on Air Wisconsin’s FAA 119 certificate.
Michael joined Air Wisconsin in 2013 and served as a pilot before being promoted to Assistant Chief Pilot in 2014. He then served as our Director of Flying & Chief Pilot before being promoted to his current position. Prior to joining Air Wisconsin, Michael was a pilot for Comair where he also served in a leadership position within the Airline Pilots Association. Before beginning a career in aviation, Michael has held several Operational Management positions, including leading large organizations in the Municipal Government sector.
In addition to his previous Operations Management experience, Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Dayton.
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.