Board of Directors


Bryan K. Bedford - Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

Bryan K. Bedford joined us in July 1999 as our President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors and became chairman of the board in August 2001. From July 1995 through July 1999, Mr. Bedford was the president and chief executive officer and a director of Mesaba Holdings, Inc., a publicly-owned regional airline. He has over 27 years of experience in the regional airline industry, and was named regional airline executive of the year in 1998 by Commuter and Regional Airline News, again in 2005 by Regional Airline World magazine and again in 2009 by Airline Business magazine. Mr. Bedford is a licensed pilot and a Certified Public Accountant. He also served as the 1998 Chairman of the Regional Airline Association ("RAA") and remains on the Board of Directors of the RAA. Mr. Bedford's career in the airline industry brings significant operational and financial leadership to the board.

 


Lawrence J. Cohen - Director

Lawrence J. Cohen has been a Director since June 2002. He is the owner and Chairman of Pembroke Companies, Inc., an investment and management firm that he founded in 1991. The firm makes investments in and provides strategic management services to real estate and specialty finance related companies. From 1989 to 1991, Mr. Cohen worked at Bear Stearns & Co. where he attained the position of Managing Director. From 1983 to 1989, Mr. Cohen served as first Vice President in the Real Estate Group of Integrated Resources, Inc. From 1980 to 1983, Mr. Cohen was an associate at the law firm of Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn. Mr. Cohen is a member of the bar in both New York and Florida. Mr. Cohen brings significant business management and financial experience to the board.

 


Neal S. Cohen - Director

Neal S. Cohen has been a Director since October 2009. He was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Alliant Techsystems Inc. until February 10, 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Cohen was President and Chief Operating Officer at Laureate Education Inc. Previously, Mr. Cohen was Executive Vice President for international strategy and Chief Executive Officer for regional airlines at Northwest Airlines Inc. In addition, Mr. Cohen had served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Northwest Airlines Inc. Prior to his tenure with Northwest Airlines Inc., Mr. Cohen was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for US Airways Inc. Mr. Cohen has served as Chief Financial Officer for various service and financial organizations as well as Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc., the predecessor company of Laureate Education, Inc. Mr. Cohen is currently the Lead Independent Director for our Board of Directors. Mr. Cohen brings significant business management, financial, and operational experience to the board.

 


Robert L. Colin - Director

Robert L. Colin has been a Director since February 2014. Mr. Colin, has more than 30 years of experience and leadership in the areas of accounting, auditing and financial reporting. Most recently, Mr. Colin was Chief Financial Officer, BrightPoint Americas from May 2012 until April 2013; and he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller of BrightPoint, Inc. from August 2011 until May 2012. Before joining BrightPoint, Mr. Colin served as a partner for Deloitte & Touche LLP, Assurance from 1994 to 2011. Mr. Colin is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Colin brings significant business management and financial expertise to the board.

 


Daniel P. Garton - Director

Daniel P. Garton has been a director since January 2014. Mr. Garton, previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of American Eagle Airlines. Mr. Garton was named President and Chief Executive Officer of AMR Eagle Holding Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AMR (AMR Eagle), in June 2010. Mr. Garton served as Executive Vice President-Marketing of American from September 2002 to June 2010. He served as Executive Vice President-Customer Services of American from January 2000 to September 2002 and Senior Vice President-Customer Services of American from 1998 to January 2000. Prior to that, he served as president of AMR Eagle from 1995 to 1998. Except for two years as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Continental Airlines between 1993 and 1995, he had served AMR in various management positions since 1984. Mr. Garton is a trustee of Liberty Property Trust. Mr. Garton's career in the airline industry brings significant operational and financial leadership to the board.

 


Douglas J. Lambert - Director

Douglas J. Lambert has been a Director since August 2001. He is presently a managing director and Co-CEO of the Financial Industry Advisory Services practice group of Alvarez and Marsal, LLC. From 1994 to 2003, Mr. Lambert was a Senior Vice President of Wexford Capital LLC. From 1983 to 1994, Mr. Lambert held various financial positions with Integrated Resources, Inc.'s Equipment Leasing Group, including Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer. He is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Lambert is also a board member of the general partner of Rhino Resources Partners, LP. Mr. Lambert brings significant financial experience to the board.

 


Mark Plaumann - Director

Mark L. Plaumann has been a Director since June 2002. He is presently a Managing-Member of Greyhawke Capital Advisors LLC, which he co-founded in 1998. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Plaumann was a Senior Vice President of Wexford Capital LLC. From 1990 to 1995, Mr. Plaumann was employed by Alvarez & Marsal, Inc. as a Managing Director. From 1985 to 1990, Mr. Plaumann worked for American Healthcare Management, Inc., where he attained the position of President. From 1974 to 1985, Mr. Plaumann worked in both the audit and consulting divisions of Ernst & Young, where he attained the position of Senior Manager and he is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Plaumann previously served as Chair of our Audit Committee and is currently Chair of our Compensation Committee. Mr. Plaumann is also a board member of the general partner of Rhino Resources Partners, LP and Diamondback Energy, Inc. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Plaumann served on the board of ICx Technologies, Inc. During the past five years Mr. Plaumann has served as Chairman of the board of a private corporation and managed numerous limited liability companies. Mr. Plaumann is the Manager of Whisper Manager LLC, which is the Manager of Whisper Capital LLC. Whisper Capital LLC was previously the sole owner of EVWEST LLC. EVWEST LLC owned real property in Denver, Colorado and had a receiver appointed in 2011. Mr. Plaumann brings significant business management and financial expertise to the board.

 

 

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