By joining Republic Airways, you will work for with an executive leadership team that has over 100 years of combined aviation experience and outstanding tenure with the organization. Our support staff encourages a culture of fun and action, while striving for excellence with everything we do!
Bryan Bedford, President – Chief Executive Officer
Bryan Bedford has more than 30 years of experience in the airline industry. He joined Republic in July 1999 as president and CEO. Previously, he served as president and CEO of Mesaba Holdings, Inc. in Minneapolis, as well as Business Express Airlines, Inc. in Boston. During his years at the helm of Republic, the airline has grown from $85 million in revenues and 36 turboprop aircraft to more than $1.3 billion in revenues and an operating fleet of nearly 200 Ejet aircraft.
In 1997 and 2004, Regional Airline World named him Airline Executive of the Year. In 2009, he received the same honor from Airline Business. In 1998, the Minneapolis Business Journal named Mr. Bedford to its 40 under 40 list, and in 2000 The Indianapolis Business Journal named him to their 40 under 40 list. Mr. Bedford earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University and was a certified public accountant. Mr. Bedford holds commercial, multi-engine and instrument pilot ratings.
Joe Allman, Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer
Joe Allman joined Republic in July of 2007 as Director of Finance. In June of 2009, he was promoted to the position of Vice President and Controller.
Before joining the Company, Mr. Allman, who is a certified public accountant, gained extensive experience applying his finance, accounting and audit expertise to the airline and utilities sectors at managing positions with London Witte Group LLC and Deloitte and Touche LLP.
Mr. Allman is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a B.S. in Management and subsequently achieved the rank of Lieutenant. Mr. Allman resides in Indianapolis with his wife and three children.
Paul Kinstedt, Senior Vice President – Chief Operating Officer
Paul Kinstedt joined Chautauqua Airlines, one of Republic Airways Holdings’ subsidiaries, in January 2002 as Director of Systems Operations Control. He was promoted to Vice President of System Operations Control for the Company’s three wholly owned subsidiaries in September 2006 and served in that capacity until January 2013, when he was named Vice President of Flight Operations. Before joining Chautauqua, Mr. Kinstedt was Vice President of Customer Service and Director of Flight Control for Midway Airlines.
Mr. Kinstedt received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Science from Parks College of Saint Louis University in St. Louis Missouri and his Masters of Business Administration from Illinois Benedictine College. He holds an aircraft dispatcher and commercial, multi-engine and instrument pilot rating.
Matt Koscal, Senior Vice President – Chief Administrative Officer
Matt Koscal joined Republic in April 2014 as Vice President of Human Resources. In 2015, he further assumed responsibility for labor relations and government affairs. He has extensive experience creating value through commercial partnerships, leading complex negotiations, and driving change initiatives.
Mr. Koscal earned his bachelor’s in management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. He also has completed executive training programs at the Wharton School of Executive Education and the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C. Mr. Koscal and his family live in Carmel, Ind., where they actively serve their community through leadership roles at their church and in local Catholic education.
Rose Doria, Vice President – Labor Relations
Rose Doria joined Republic Airways Holdings in January 2013. She has more than 30 years of aviation/airline experience with carriers including Business Express Airlines, Midway Airlines, American Eagle, American Airlines and NetJets.
Rose’s aviation/airline experience includes 18 years concentrating on Labor and Employee Relations Management. Most recently, Rose served as the Managing Partner at Barrett Doria Partners, a Labor Relations and Human Resources Consulting Practice working exclusively with American Airlines.
Thomas Duffy, Vice President – Maintenance and Engineering
Thomas Duffy has over 27 years experience in the airline industry and is a licensed Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic. He joined Chautauqua Airlines in March of 2002 as Director Quality Assurance and Engineering. He was promoted to Vice President Technical Services for Republic Airways Holdings in September of 2006. Prior to joining Chautauqua Airlines, Mr. Duffy held senior management positions at several companies including Midway Airlines, Braniff Airlines and most recently Flight Options Inc.
Scott Durgin, Vice President – Administration and Lean Methods
Scott Durgin has more than 30 years’ experience in the regional airline industry. He joined Republic Airways Holdings in May of 2005. Prior to joining Republic, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Shuttle America Corporation, a regional airline headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Scott served as Vice President – Customer Service for Mesaba Holdings, Inc. the parent company of Mesaba Airlines from 1996 to 2001. He has held various other senior management positions at Mokulele Airlines, Business Express Airlines, Express Airlines I, Inc. and Pilgrim Airlines.
Scott holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of New Haven in New Haven, Conn., and has completed the Minnesota Executive Program from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn. He has undergone formal training in the principles of Lean business practice with a focus on hands-on, rapid and sustainable business improvement, analysis and transformation.
Scott resides in Carmel, Indiana, with his wife Laurie and their two children.
Bradley Elstad, Vice President – Safety and Regulatory Compliance
Brad Elstad joined Republic Airways Holdings in October 2007 as Vice President of Safety and Regulatory Compliance. He is responsible for the administration of the Company’s Safety department at its corporate headquarters in Indianapolis.
Prior to joining Republic, Brad spent 12 years in various positions at US Airways’ wholly-owned subsidiary PSA Airlines, initially with the airline’s System Operations Control, and concluding with his seven-year tenure as the Company’s Director of Safety and Regulatory Compliance.
On the national level, Brad has represented the regional airline industry by serving as both Chairman and Co-Chairman for the Regional Airline Association’s Safety Council. He has also instructed graduate-level aviation coursework at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Dayton-area campus in Ohio.
Brad holds a commercial, multi-engine pilot license and is also a certificated aircraft dispatcher. He received his Bachelors Degree from St. Cloud State University and his Masters Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Scott Hornback, Vice President – Finance and Accounting
Scott Hornback joined Republic Airways Holdings in January 2015. He is responsible for the Company’s accounting, tax, treasury and finance functions and is the Company’s principal accounting officer. Prior to joining Republic, Scott was the Vice President of Accounting for Guggenheim Insurance Services LLC and was with Deloitte & Touche LLP for 15 years. Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Industrial Management from Purdue University and is a certified public accountant. Scott resides in Carmel, Indiana, with his wife and four children.
Jeff Jones, Vice President – Market Planning and Development
Jeff Jones has spent his entire working career in the airline industry. He joined Chautauqua Airlines in January of 2000 as the Company’s Vice President, Market Planning and Development. His title has remained the same as the Company grew from a one-code-share turboprop airline to Republic’s current airline operating certificate holdings and marketing relationships.
Jeff is the primary flight scheduling and planning liaison between Republic and its marketing partners: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, US Airways, and Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
Prior to joining the Republic, Jeff was Director of Market Planning for Mesaba Holdings, Inc., and held several planning, scheduling and marketing management positions with Northwest, the earlier Republic, and North Central Airlines.
Jeff received his MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and a B.A. degree from Minnesota State University majoring in Economics and International Relations. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, and enjoys a blessed life with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Michael Scrobola, Vice President – System Operations Control
As Vice President of System Operations Control, Michael Scrobola is responsible for Republic’s Dispatch, Crew Scheduling, Crew Planning and hotel administration functions. He also works closely with the Flight Operations, Inflight and Maintenance Departments, as well as corporate support areas.
Mr. Scrobola previously worked as Vice President of Flight Operations at American Airlines’ wholly owned carriers Piedmont Airlines and PSA Airlines. During his time at PSA Airlines, he oversaw a rapid growth model which supported the addition of 100 CRJ 700/900 aircraft. He has accumulated 10,000 flight hours, many of which were as a Check Captain with Piedmont Airlines.
A 36-year veteran of the aviation industry, Mr. Scrobola started his career as a pilot with Allegheny Airlines, and he held several key leadership positions at MidAtlantic Airways, a division of US Airways which served as the U.S. launch customer for the Embraer 170.
Nirav Shah, Vice President – Information Technology
Nirav Shah joined Republic in December 2017 after serving as Senior Director of IT Enterprise Application at OneAmerica. Prior to OneAmerica, Nirav served as a Vice President of IT at Genesys (formerly known as Interactive Intelligence), leading their global IT department. He has led various application development functions from legacy systems in Cobol, Java, .NET to newer SaaS platforms like Salesforce, Pega and AWS.
Nirav earned his Master in Computer Science from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and later received a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State University. He completed Project Management Professional certification and also is a certified ScrumMaster. He currently lives in Carmel, Ind., with his wife and their 6-year-old son.
Wade Sheek – Vice President/General Counsel
Wade Sheek joined Republic in April 2018 after more than two decades in senior positions at multi-national manufacturing companies and the health care industry. Mr. Sheek is responsible for Republic’s legal and contract administrative functions.
Before joining the Company, Mr. Sheek worked as deputy general counsel and corporate secretary at Allegion in Carmel, Ind., where he developed the company’s digital strategy and oversaw all corporate matters, including SEC, corporate governance, M&A and strategic initiatives. Mr. Sheek also worked as senior associate general counsel and assistant secretary at Ingersoll-Rand in Davidson, N.C., where he led the spin-off of the company’s securities technology business. Mr. Sheek’s experience also includes key securities and corporate counsel roles for UnitedHealth Group in Minnetonka, Minn., and The Home Depot in Atlanta.
Mr. Sheek graduated magna cum laude in 2001 from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, and he earned his bachelor’s in history in 1997 from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. He is a member of the State Bar of Indiana, State Bar of Georgia and the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Corporate Governance Professionals.
Drew Skaff, Vice President – Supply Chain
As Supply Chain vice president, Drew Skaff directs purchasing, material control, repair and warranty, spare parts inventory management, fuel administration, and additional Supply Chain functions across the Republic Airways enterprise. Skaff joined Frontier in August of 2000 as Director of Purchasing. Skaff has over 19 years of industry experience and previous to his leadership position at Frontier he supported AirTran Airways as Director of Purchasing and worked at America West Airlines. He has been published numerous times in several industry and Supply Chain periodicals. He earned an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College in 2000 and Bachelor of Science of Finance from Arizona State University.