August 13, 2014

Cover Story

CEO of the Year

Utah’s business landscape is rich with professionals who have le...Read More

Featured Articles

Did you go Skiing this winter?

Around Utah


Martin Plaehn

Karen Sendelback

Legal Briefs
Social Media and Employers: Friends or Enemies?

Money Talk
The Case for HSAs

Economic Insight
Time to Show Up

Lessons Learned
Make a Move

In the Lab

Rent to Own

Business Trends
Back from the Dead

Living Well
Artful Inspiration

A Breath of Fresh Air

Worst-Case Scenario

Regional Report
Northern Utah

Measure Up

Industry Outlook
Travel & Tourism



Kimberly Page: Flying High in the Aviation Industry

By Melanie Johnson

August 13, 2014

A love of travel influenced Kimberly Page to first take a job with Keystone Aviation in 1999. Page booked a flight to the top, becoming the COO in 2013 after spending many years as the Salt Lake-based company’s CFO. We sat down with her recently to reflect on her first year as COO.

Since your appointment as COO, what goals have you been able to accomplish?

This first year has been a lot about team building—making sure we have the right people in the right role to take us forward. And then filling in the roles that we need to facilitate that growth and making sure we have that infrastructure in place to allow for that future growth. So it’s been a very inward-looking time that has been focused on building that infrastructure and those key team members who are going to help take us forward.

What excites you most about this role?

Being able to help develop the vision for the future and establish a plan to accomplish that vision, and to be able to work through that plan .... Having that long-term planning perspective—as CFO you contribute to it, but as COO it really falls on me to develop the vision and to have the team in place that can execute. That has been a lot of fun and very exciting.

How did you develop an interest in aviation?

For me, it was having a fantastic mentor. Bill Haberstock has been our president for many years. He was the person who hired me in 1999. Having that mentor … offered me the opportunity to get into aviation and Bill fostered my interest in areas outside of finance.

How did having a strong mentor influence your career?

It allowed me to be involved in everything from building hangars to negotiating leases to client presentations, and really played an instrumental role in my development. Bill definitely played a huge role in elevating me to this position. In the early days, I think it was out of necessity and adding that financial perspective to his strategic decision making. Over time, I think it evolved as my experience and expertise grew. Without him that would have never happened. … [Bill] still plays a very important role in our organization, but he has given a lot of the operational day to day over to me. So that mentor role absolutely continues today and hopefully well into the future.

What do you hope people will remember from your leadership style?

Safety is what drives every facet of our organization. That is a core value that we certainly cannot compromise. One of the things we talk about is if we do the right things for our customers and our employees, we will by default do the right thing for our organization. Five years from now, I would want someone looking back to say, “She created an environment where the focus was on doing the right thing for the customers and employees, and as a result was able to drive the organization forward in a positive way.”


Utah Business Social
UB Events View All
CEO of the YearUtah Business Event
Mar 20, 2015
Utah Business Magazine and Presenting Sponsors - Holland & Hart and Newmark Grubb ACRES - are pro...
Job Summit 2015Utah Business Event
Apr 10, 2015
Position your company as a Premier Employer in today's competitive job market! Utah Business maga...
30 Women to WatchUtah Business Event
May 21, 2015
Utah Business magazine and Snell and Wilmer are proud to announce the 18th annual 30 Women To Wat...
Community Events View All
CEH - Certified Ethical Hacker
Mar 2, 2015
Learn to hack like a pro, while pleasing the boss! The ethical hacker is usually a trusted employ...
Advance Your HR Career by Building Credibility, Trust, and Professionalism
Mar 3, 2015
Even if you know your craft, do you know how to improve others’ perception of your ability and pr...  |  90 South 400 West, Ste 650 Salt Lake City, Utah 84101   |  (801) 568-0114

Advertise with Utah Business

Submit an Event

* indicates required information
* Event Name:
Price (general):
Website (if applicable):
Coordinator's Name:
Coordinator's Email:
Coordinator's Phone:
Venue Name:
Venue Address:
Venue City:
Venue Zip:
Event Capacity:
* Event Description: