The board of directors of Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines has elected company president and CEO Phil Trenary to join the seven-member board. Currently chairman of the RAA, Trenary joined Pinnacle Airlines on April 1, 1997, after a 12-year stint as head of Lone Star Airlines, the San Antonio-based Fairchild Metro operator he established in 1984. Trenary also serves as a director of EnVectra Hazardous Waste Management and Bancorp South.
Outside his business interests, Trenary serves as chairman of the Memphis Shelby County Music Commission and recently accepted the chairmanship of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau. He also serves on the board of directors for the Memphis Regional Chamber and Memphis Tomorrow. Holder of a B.S. degree in aeronautical engineering from Oklahoma State University and an active pilot, Trenary also holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate.
Since taking day-to-day control of Pinnacle’s forebear, Express Airlines I, Trenary has guided the airline from a rag-tag commuter operation flying an aging fleet of Jetstream and Saab turboprops to Northwest Airlines’ sole 50-seat RJ supplier, flying from three hubs to 80 cities ranging from the Great Plains to the East Coast. Owned by Northwest Airlines from 1997 to 2002, the company changed its name to Pinnacle Airlines ahead of a long-anticipated IPO issued two years ago.