Thrive Aviation names Oswald as Chief Operating Officer

Thrive Aviation has named a COO and leadership team as it continues its growth path.

By Doug Gollan, January 4, 2024

Las Vegas-based Thrive Aviation has promoted Rickey Oswald to chief operating officer.

In January, Oswald joined as senior vice president of flight operations and Fleet Management.

Previously, he was chief pilot with Cirrus Aviation, and before that, he was director of operations at Corporate Flight International and assistant chief pilot at Nicholas Air.

In his new role, Oswald will oversee day-to-day operations and help guide the company’s strategic vision.

“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 CEO Curtis Edenfield.

He added, “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.”

“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 organization,” Oswald said.

Joining Oswald on the leadership team is Stuart Edenfield, who was recently elevated to vice president of flight operations; Nate Nelson, the vice president of finance; and Kelly Krahenbuhl, who is now vice president of people and culture.

Additional executive team members are Michelle Adair, vice president of sales, and Henry Hage, vice president of aircraft maintenance and ground operations.

Through June, the 2018 start-up ranked as the 24th-largest operator in the U.S. based on charter and fractional flight hours.

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