Priester Aviation has announced that four new sales team members have joined its sales team in various regional positions, with the goal of capturing growth opportunities as business recovers during these unprecedented times.
New team members Toby Batchelder, Greg Cummings, Deborah W. Maestas and G. Scott Shatzer come to Priester Aviation with decades of aviation experience in previous positions ranging from vice president of sales to chief operation officer and operations manager. Their combined talent and experience will play an integral role in achieving the company's growth goals.
“I'm thrilled to add this group of experienced professionals to the sales team. We had great growth goals in 2020 to begin with, and having them on board now is even more important,” says Andy Priester, president and CEO for Priester Aviation.
Each of these individuals has great experience growing specific markets within the industry and together create a versatile and highly skilled sales team. In addition to on-demand charter and aircraft management, Priester offers its new jet card, Centreline, with programmes starting as low as 10 hours.
Batchelder joins Priester Aviation with nearly two decades of aviation experience. His previous experience includes heading up sales and marketing for a Minnesota-based fractional jet club, Jet Choice. Later, Toby joined Elliott Aviation to grow its aircraft charter and management programmes in the greater Minneapolis area including Wisconsin and Iowa. Mr. Batchelder grew the fleet to 22 aircraft throughout the Midwest. In 2014, he joined Central Business Jets buying and selling whole aircraft.
Cummings has been a strategic pioneer in the business world for more than 22 years, specialising in private aviation solutions. He previously served as an executive at Bombardier, FlexJet and most recently was vice president of sales for Fractrade. Cummings has completed hundreds of transactions for customers across the globe, providing solutions including ad hoc charter, jet cards, fractional sales and whole aircraft transactions.
Maestas has nearly 25 years of experience as a strategic and operational aviation 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 secured the largest aviation contract with U.S. Department of Homeland Security, becoming one of the department's top 100 contractors.
Shatzer brings 30 years of corporate aviation experience with him. He has worked for companies such as American Airlines, USAirways and Bombardier in various positions. For the last 20 years, Mr. Shatzer worked with Flexjet as an operations manager before joining its sales team in 2004 leading the effort for fractional sales of corporate jets in the Midwest and in Florida.