CAPTAIN GEORGE SNYDER
President & CEO
George's dedication and commitment to the aviation industry led him to found GHS Aviation Group in 2004. George's passion for aviation and his desire to use the experiences gained from his top level executive positions at US Airways and Korean Air to make a difference in the global aviation industry has been the foundation upon which the “GHS” culture of respect, responsiveness to clients, and always exceeding a client’s expectations has been built.
Beginning his career with US Airways as a line pilot, George subsequently ascended to senior management positions. He served US Airways from 1994 to 1997 as Director of Flight Safety and Quality Assurance before being promoted to the position of Vice President Corporate Safety & Regulatory Compliance in 1997. Following these successes, George was recruited by Korean Air in January 2000 to head its Corporate Safety, Aviation Security, and Regulatory Compliance Department in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Engaged in the development of the IOSA Program from its inception in 2001, he has been appointed to serve on several IATA oversight committees including the IOSA Action Group (IAG), IOSA Oversight Committee (IOC), Security Committee (SEC), and Operations Committee (OPC).
George has been a featured speaker at the Willis Airline Safety Conference, the Airline Symposium hosted by famed aviation attorney, Mr. Mark Dombroff, as well as numerous aviation safety conferences and seminars globally. In addition to being interviewed multiple times by the Wall Street Journal in regards to his opinions as an expert in the aviation safety industry, he has written articles for a number of aviation publications including the Flight Safety Foundation’s magazine, AeroSafety World.
George has also had his writings included and referenced in books such as esteemed aviation author Christine Negroni’s book The Crash Detectives published by Penguin Random House LLC in 2016. The years during which he held the position of Senior Vice President of Safety, Aviation Security & Regulatory Compliance for Korean Air (2000-2006) have been referenced in regards to the dramatic improvement in Korean Air’s safety record that occurred during those years in the book Gold Medal Strategies, BUSINESS LESSONS FROM AMERICA’S MIRACLE TEAM written by Jim Craig and Don Yaeger and published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 2011.
Graduating from the Purdue University Krannert School of Management with a Bachelor of Science Degree, George supplemented his education and technical training by earning an MBA from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida in 2002 as well as a Transportation Safety Management Certificate from the University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering in Los Angeles.
Concurrent with his position as President and CEO of GHS Aviation Group, LLC, George has held executive level advisory roles for several major international Flag Carriers in Asia Pacific, Board of Director Aviation Safety and Security sub-Committee positions, as well as an IOSA Lead Auditor and Evaluator.