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Thrive Aviation announces the appointment of Rickey Oswald, as COO

Thrive Aviation is thrilled to announce the appointment of Mr. Rickey Oswald, previously Senior Vice President of Flights Operations and Fleet Management, as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Rickey joined Thrive Aviation in January of 2022 and made an immediate impact to the company. He comes with a distinguished 20+ year career in the aviation industry; Rickey has built Part 135 flight departments by providing strategic vision, and holding key Leadership roles such as Chief Pilot, Director of Operations, and Management Executive.

His deep understanding of the industry’s complexities and his forward-thinking approach make him an invaluable leader and the right person for the right seat.

In his role as COO, Mr. Oswald will play a pivotal part in overseeing and optimizing the day-to-day operations. In addition, he will help guide the strategic vision of Thrive Aviation as the company continues its accelerated growth trajectory.

His experience and expertise will be instrumental in driving the company’s development and maintaining Thrive Aviation’s commitment to excellence in aviation, safety, and client experience.

“For the past two years, Rickey’s contribution to Thrive has been insurmountable. I’m extremely proud of Rickey and am excited to see him take on the role of Chief Operating Officer” said Curtis Edenfield, CEO of Thrive Aviation.

“His extensive experience, passion for innovation, and commitment to operational excellence align perfectly with our company’s vision and values. We are confident that Rickey’s leadership will contribute significantly to our continued success and growth in the aviation industry.”

Rickey Oswald expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “I have been honored to be part of the Thrive Aviation team thus far, a company known for its dedication to quality and the experience we deliver to our clients. I’m eager to continue collaborating with Curtis, the Leadership team, and the entire Thrive Aviation organization.”

Joining Rickey Oswald on the Leadership Team includes the recent of promotions of Stuart Edenfield assuming the role of Vice President of Flight Operations, Nate Nelson assuming the role of Vice President of Finance, Kelly Krahenbuhl assuming the role of Vice President of People and Culture, Michelle Adair assuming the role of Vice President of Sales, and Henry Hage assuming the role of Vice President of Aircraft Maintenance and Ground Operations. Edenfield states “I’m very excited about the next chapter of Thrive Aviation and where this team will help lead the company.”

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