Priester Aviation supporting Project Liftoff


Priester Aviation has partnered with the David B. O’Maley College of Business in supporting Project Liftoff, a programme aimed at building a more diverse and inclusive aviation talent pool.

In addition to a financial contribution of $50,000 in scholarships over the next five years, Priester Aviation, president, Andy Priester will serve as a mentor and guest speaker in the college based at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Priester is not new to the classroom. He served as a teacher early in his career, earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Dayton and a master’s in educational leadership from Concordia University Chicago.

“We are proud to have helped support and launch a programme that targets under-represented future aerospace leaders,” says Priester. “Project Liftoff, as part of the world’s pre-eminent aeronautical university, will transform individual lives and, through them, our industry overall.”

The college prepares students for high-level careers that might have them doing everything from marketing an aircraft to creating a strategic plan for a global charter company. Roughly 94% of its students are either employed or pursuing advanced degrees within one year of graduation.

“The business of aviation has grown increasingly complex and Project Liftoff helps ensure we have a diverse pool of dynamic, safety-first leaders who are fully prepared for the challenges and opportunities ahead,” added Priester. “We hope that our peers will join us in supporting Project Liftoff, enabling more students to experience the distinctive and transformative education provided by the O’Maley College of Business.”