WHEELING, ILL. – Andrew (Andy) Priester has been named president and chief executive officer of Priester Aviation, LLC, the third generation of the family-owned and operated company headquatered at Chicago Executive Airport (PWK) in Wheeling, Illinois.
The torch was originally past by company founder, George Priester, to his son, Charlie Priester, who will remain chairman of the board. Now Charlie Priester is passing the torch to his son, Andy Priester.
“The legacy my grandfather and father have built over the past 68 years is something I truly value,” stated Andy Priester, “and I’m excited to shape a new chapter in our company’s history.”
Andy Priester joined the company in 1997, and climbed the leadership ranks, starting with managing the charter department, which grew from 7 aircraft then, to 30 aircraft today. He was appointed president in 2004.
Priester holds a master’s degree from Concordia University, and is a private pilot and past president of the Illinois Aviation Trades Association (IATA), chairman of the Air Charter Committee of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), and founding chairman of NATA’s Charter Industry Audit Standards Working Group. Priester Aviation focuses on aircraft management, aircraft charter and related aviation services.