Bryan Bedford has over 18 years experience in the regional airline industry. He joined Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airways Holdings primary subsidiary, in July of 1999 as President and CEO. Prior to joining Chautauqua Airlines, he served as President and CEO of Mesaba Holdings, Inc. from 1995 to 1999. In the five years of Mr. Bedford's tenure at Republic Airways, he has diversified the company's operation and business plan by successfully negotiating additional code-share agreements with Trans World Airlines, America West Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines as well as developing two additional subsidiaries including Shuttle America and Republic Airlines. He has served as President and CEO of Business Express Airlines as well as other senior management positions at Express Airlines I, Inc., Westair Holdings, Inc., Aspen Airways, Inc. and Continental Express, Inc.
Mr. Bedford holds a BS in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University and is a certified public accountant. In 2004, Regional Airline World named him Airline Executive of the Year. In 1998, the Minneapolis Business Journal named Mr. Bedford to the 40 under 40 list and in 2000 The Indianapolis Business Journal again named him to the 40 under 40, list. Mr. Bedford sits on the Board of the Regional Airline Association. He holds a commercial, multi-engine and instrument pilot rating.