Executive Profiles

Michael Thompson: VP of Market Development

Michael Thompson is responsible for SkyWest Airlines strategic planning, scheduling, pricing, inventory control and production planning.

Michael was the executive operational analyst for SkyWest from 2001-2005. In that role, he provided analytical support for operations and was the driving force in creating "Performance Rewards," a monetary reward program for SkyWest employees. His utilization of his engineering and business education proved integral in facilitating positive change at SkyWest. Michael oversaw the integration of SkyWest’s partnership with Midwest Airlines, and developed the partnership with AirTran Airways. He grew the pro-rate operation from around $100 million in 2007, to just over $350 million in 2013.

Michael holds both a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Brigham Young University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering. Michael previously served as the chief financial officer at Ivy Logistics Inc., where he was instrumental in creating the financial infrastructure of the company, as well as establishing policies that improved cash flow and increased operational efficiency.

Michael has volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America as well as contributed to the Idaho National Engineering & Environmental Laboratory as a research associate. He is co-author of Project Based Computer-Aided Engineering Applications.     

Michael resides in St. George, Utah with his wife, their three sons and one daughter.


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