As Spirit Airlines continues on its path of success and growth during its tenth anniversary year in 2000, additions to and changes within the executive management team, Ned Homfeld, founder and CEO, said, “will greatly strengthen the company as it expands into the new millennium.” Bev Grear, an airline industry veteran for more than 20 years, joins Spirit Airlines as Senior Vice President, Customer Service and Operations. Previously, her senior management positions included customer service, operations, and in-flight services at AirCal, Inc., Aloha Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Mileage Plus, Inc. (United Airlines), and AFSA Data Corporation before becoming senior vice president, operations for Reno Air, Inc. in 1998. She is also a board member of United Way.
Dave Hobgood joins the company as Vice President of Flight Operations. Prior to joining Spirit Airlines, Hobgood was the deputy commander for operations, 927th Tactical Airlift Group, from which he retired as a colonel. Most recently, he held management positions in the Detroit Flight Standards District Office of the FAA, where he was responsible for all certification and regulatory compliance for eight Part 121 air carriers assigned to the district office for certificate management. Greg VanBrunt, a Spirit Airlines employee for the past five years, was recently promoted to the position of Vice President of Maintenance Operations, where he will be responsible for maintenance control. VanBrunt formerly managed the flight operations area during a critical period in the company’s growth while it expanded its fleet nearly threefold.
Another organizational change at Sprit Airlines is reflected in the promotion of J.R. Short to Vice President of Line Maintenance from his prior position of Senior Director of Technical Services. Homfeld noted that Short’s promotion is part of “the company’s commitment to providing safe, efficient, reliable and friendly service to customers.”
Spirit Airlines, which offers low-fare jet service to some of America’s most popular leisure destinations, is one of the fastest growing, privately held air carriers in the United States. The company opened its first dedicated gates at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on November 18.