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West Star Aviation hires VP of strategic development

West Star Aviation in East Alton announced Chad Farischon as its new vice president of strategic development.

Farischon will drive strategic growth opportunities through merger and acquisitions, integration and business optimization.

Farischon’s background includes more than 30 years of expertise in operations and management skills. He is coming from Lynx FBO Network, which he cofounded and held the position of president and partner.

From 2016 to 2021, he built the Lynx FBO Network which resulted in nine locations and industry leading results. Prior to that, he served for six years as the regional vice president with Landmark Aviation.

Farischon earned his B.S. degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He currently holds a private pilot license and is a member of the National Business Aircraft Association, American Association of Airport Executives and National Air Transport Association (Airport Business Committee Chair).

“As West Star continues to grow, we are looking for more ways to bring greater value to our customers.” said Jim Rankin, CEO. “Chad brings a wealth of industry knowledge, and we look forward to him leveraging our existing momentum along with his industry resources to further build the company.  We’re excited to have him a part of our team,” Rankin continued.

“I am excited to join the team at West Star and to continue to build on their service capabilities and facilities to key contracts and strategic growth initiatives.  West Star is well-positioned for continued success, and I am excited to be part of this industry-leading management team,” said Farischon.

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