New general manager for Flying Colours’ St Louis operation


Joe Thurman has been promoted to become general manager of Flying Colours’ operation in St Louis, Missouri.

The promotion underscores the company’s intention to align St Louis operations more closely with its headquarters in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

“As the new general manager Joe will spend more time interfacing with his Peterborough colleagues and supporting the executive team to achieve uniformity of operations across our North American facilities,” said John Gillespie, president and CEO of Flying Colours. “The goal is to share, communicate and implement knowledge about effective practices from each location, and ensure a consistent level of Flying Colours service so that no matter where clients work with us, they have the same exceptional experience.”

Having stepped into the general manager role on 1 June 2022, Thurman is now responsible for the day-to-day operations at the St Louis facilities. As a member of the senior leadership team, he will focus on optimising the talent within the workforce.

“I will strive to meet the expectations of the senior leadership team, while fostering a positive working environment for all our team members,” said Thurman. “We work in a highly competitive environment, and I’m looking forward to helping Flying Colours continue to distinguish itself by setting new standards of excellence. It’s an exciting time for Flying Colours and I’m pleased to be an integral part of its future.”

Thurman, who has been leading MRO operations in St Louis, has more than 40 years of business aviation experience, including in operations management, programme leadership and completions engineering.

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