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West Star Aviation names new chief financial officer

West Star Aviation, which has significant operations at St. Louis Regional Airport in East Alton, recently named Timothy Spihlman to the position of chief financial officer.

Spihlman will oversee all aspects of the company’s finance functions, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax and corporate strategy. He has more than 25 years of financial and operational leadership experience in a variety of industries with a focus on long-term growth strategy for companies such as Vi-Jon and Solutia.

As a business leader with significant experience as a board member, CEO, president, CFO and other financially related roles, he has provided C-Level leadership to private equity backed, publicly traded and venture capital-backed organizations.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University and is a certified public accountant. He is currently on the board of directors for Brace For Impact 46, a nonprofit organization serving the needs of children in Cap-Haitien, Haiti and North St. Louis, as well as Accupac, a consumer products company serving pharmaceutical and retail markets.

“I’m excited to have Tim joining the West Star team. His extensive experience in corporate finance as well as his experience in several C-level positions make him the ideal candidate to help us achieve our long-term goals,” said Jim Rankin, CEO.

“I look forward to utilizing my experiences to help the West Star team continue to serve the industry.  I am pleased to have the opportunity to join a company with such a strong history and customer-centric approach,” said Spihlman.

In addition to its primary facilities in East Alton, Grand Junction, Colo., Chattanooga, Tenn., and Perryville, Mo.,  West Star Aviation also maintains satellite facilities at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO; Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago; Centennial Airport in Denver; Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Houston; Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport in Minneapolis, and Scottsdale Airport in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its East Alton and Grand Junction facilities.

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