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Priester unifies under legacy name
Now known as George J Priester Aviation, the branding unifies three customer-focused companies - Priester, Mayo and Hill Private Aviation - under a legacy name.
George J Priester Aviation chairman and CEO Andy Priester.
Read this story in our April 2024 printed issue.

For nearly 80 years, the Priester family name has meant committed excellence in aviation services and customer-focused relationships. As the family-run company expands to include businesses with similar values, it is reintroducing a legacy name from its history, to represent the overall business structure.

George J Priester Aviation will serve as the larger corporate name for the family of aviation service companies throughout the US. This includes Priester Aviation as its Midwest base, Mayo Aviation as its Rocky Mountain West base and Hill Private Aviation, its southeast base. George J Priester Aviation, named after the company’s founder, will serve as the parent company for future business and expansion initiatives while the three companies will retain their individual names for customer services and signage.

“For years we’ve worked to uphold and build upon the legacy that my grandfather created and that my father expanded,” says chairman and CEO Andy Priester. “It matters to us that the branding and story behind our parent company unites our businesses while honouring the pillars on which all the companies were founded: a focus on relationships and a steadfast commitment to our clients.”

George J Priester Aviation was the original name, dating back to 1945 when the company began as a flight training school for military veterans. Today, through its three companies, it provides aircraft management, charter and maintenance services.

The brand includes a stylised icon representing the family’s 1944 Beechcraft Staggerwing, which George bought in 1953 shortly after purchasing what became Palwaukee airport, now Chicago Executive airport. A large black and white photo on display at headquarters shows the Priester family, including a young Charlie who became the company’s second-generation leader, in front of the Staggerwing, tail number N5400N.

“It is critically important that the family of companies maintains what makes them special: building relationships,” Priester continues. “It’s why the Mayo family has connected with customers in the Rocky Mountain region and why Guy Hill Sr and Jr have been an aviation mainstay in Atlanta. Being part of a larger George J Priester Aviation organisation allows people to immediately see the connection to a group with the nationwide resources and capabilities to serve their aviation needs anywhere.”

George J Priester Aviation manages more than 80 aircraft among its companies and operates charter service globally through its bases and partnerships. Mayo Aviation is an award-winning FAA Part 145 maintenance repair station, offering round-the-clock support.

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