Jude Bricker has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Sun Country Airlines since July 2017. Sun Country has led the US airline industry in profit margin through the pandemic and is now also the fastest growing public mainline carrier.
Bricker has 18 years of experience in the aviation industry. Prior to joining Sun Country, from 2006 to 2017, he held various leadership roles at Allegiant Travel Company and Allegiant Air, including Chief Operating Officer of Allegiant Travel Company and President of Allegiant Air. As Chief Operating Officer of Allegiant Travel Company, Bricker was the senior executive responsible for marketing, network, operations, treasury, fleet, scheduling, pricing, ancillary products, digital, distribution, charters, loyalty and investor relations.
From 2004 to 2006, Bricker was Finance Manager at American Airlines. He was a Captain in the US Marine Corps from 1996 to 2002. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Texas.
Dave Davis has served as our Chief Financial Officer since April 2018 and as our President since December 2019. From July 2014 to February 2017, Mr. Davis served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors, and from November 2012 to June 2014, served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, of Global Eagle Entertainment, Inc., a leading global provider of media content and satellite-based connectivity systems for use in commercial aviation, maritime and remote land-based applications. Prior thereto, Mr. Davis was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Northwest Airlines, Inc., the world’s fourth largest airline prior to its sale to Delta Air Lines in 2008. Additionally, Mr. Davis has held various finance leadership positions at US Airways, Perseus LLC and Budget Group, as well as served on the boards of directors of Globecomm Systems, Inc., Lumexis Corporation and ARINC Corporation. Mr. Davis received a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics degree and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.
Gregory Mays has served as our Chief Operating Officer since June 2019. Mr. Mays has 26 years of experience in the aviation industry. Prior to joining us, he served as a senior industry advisor with Boston Consulting Group beginning in February 2019. Prior thereto he served seven years at Alaska Airlines from 2011 to 2018, most recently in the role of Vice President of Labor Relations from December 2018 to September 2018. Prior to that Mr. Mays served as Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering. Prior thereto Mr. Mays served at Delta Air Lines, Inc. for 13 years from 1998 to 2011 and started his career at The Boeing company from 1992 to 1998. Over the period has served in various leadership capacities such as maintenance and engineering, airport operations, cargo operations, labor relations, and design/test engineering. Mr. Mays earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University and Alabama and an MBA from Emory University.
Rose Neale is Sun Country Airlines General Counsel and Senior Vice President. Prior to being named General Counsel in July 2022, Rose was Associate General Counsel and Vice President of Airport Affairs, overseeing legal matters, airport relations and facilities. Prior to joining Sun Country in 2021, she was managing counsel of Castlelake, a top quartile private equity investment advisor where she had legal oversight for Castelake’s aviation investments. She has also practiced corporate law and was legal counsel for an investment firm. She received her J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and her BS from University of Arizona. She has a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law.
Eric Levenhagen was named Chief Human Resources Officer of Sun Country in July 2022. Prior to being named CHRO, since 2018, he served as General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. Levenhagen joined Sun Country as General Counsel in September 2016 and was promoted to Executive Vice President of Legal in 2017. Prior to joining Sun Country, Levenhagen was Assistant General Counsel at Landmark Aviation, an aviation services company, and a practicing corporate attorney. He was an adjunct professor of business law and ethics at Belhaven University from 2010-2016. Before practicing law, Levenhagen served in marketing and finance roles at several companies including Northwest Airlines. He received his BS degree from Texas Christian University and his JD from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
Jeffrey Mader has served as our Chief Information Officer since April 2018. He previously served as Chief Information Officer at Imagine! Print Solutions from August 2015 to June 2017. From January 1991 to August 2014, Mr. Mader held various senior leadership positions on the technology team at Target. Since 2009, Mr. Mader has been on the board of United Through Reading, a nonprofit organization. He holds a BS in Computer Science, Finance and Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul).
Brian Davis serves as Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Sun Country Airlines (NASDAQ: SNCY). In his role, he leads the teams responsible for Brand, Customer Acquisition, eCommerce, Ancillary Revenue, Loyalty, and overall Customer Experience. Previously, Brian spent 12 years with Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT), where he served in various leadership positions, including Vice President of Marketing & eCommerce. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Grant Whitney has served as our Chief Revenue Officer since May 2019. Prior thereto, he spent nine years at United Airlines from 2010 to 2018, most recently in the role of Vice President of Domestic Network Planning and Aircraft Scheduling from August 2016 to March 2018. Prior to that, Mr. Whitney served as Director of International Planning at US Airways, and spent 8 years at Northwest Airlines in various commercial and network-planning functions. Mr. Whitney holds a BA in Economics from Carleton College and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
John Gyurci has served as our Chief Accounting Officer since October 2018. Mr. Gyurci previously served as Corporate Controller at MTS Systems Corporation, a global manufacturing company, from October 2017 to October 2018. Prior thereto, Mr. Gyurci served as Vice President of Financial Accounting & Reporting at Merrill Corporation, a technology company, from July 2011 to October 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Gyurci served as Managing Director of Corporate Accounting & Reporting at Northwest Airlines. He received a BA in Accounting from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Bill Trousdale has served as our Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis and Treasurer since June 2018. Previously, he served as Vice President of Corporate Finance and Treasurer at Global Eagle Entertainment from May 2016 to October 2017. Prior thereto, Mr. Trousdale worked at Laureate Education from 2009 to 2016, most recently in the role of Vice President of Financial Transformation from October 2014 to March 2016. Prior thereto, he held senior finance positions at Northwest Airlines and US Airways. Mr. Trousdale received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Northwestern University.