Compass Airlines
operating as:delta Airlink.
About Us


The following individuals serve as Compass's key management and technical Personnel:

   Mr. Brian Randow - Chief Operating Officer
   Mr. Robert Truax - Managing Director Maintenance, Engineering & Materials
   Mr. James M. White - Director of Operations
   Mr. Joseph Restifo - Director of Safety and Security
   Mr. George Cline - Director of Quality & Part 119 Chief Inspector
   Mr. Bo Curtis - Director of Maintenance
   Mr. John Coffield - General Manager of Customer Service, Security and Facilities
   Mr. Todd Naugle - Chief Pilot
   Mrs. Kim Barksdale - General Manager Inflight

Mr. Brian Randow

Brian Randow Mr. Brian Randow, Chief Operating Officer of Compass Airline joined Compass in 2009 from Northwest Airlines where he was serving as Director of Training Resource Management and Customer Service. In this position he had responsibility for Pilot Training Scheduling and Training Center Customer Support. Prior to joining Northwest Airlines, Mr. Randow worked for Mesaba Airlines from 1996 to 2007 holding positions including Director of Flight Operations Training and Administration, Director of Labor Relations, Director SOC and Crew Resources and various other leadership position in Crew Resources. Mr. Randow attended Metropolitan State University where he received a BA in Aviation Management in 1996.


Mr. Robert Truax

Robert Truax Mr. Rob Truax, Managing Director Maintenance, Engineering & Materials, joined Compass in 2008 from Champion Airlines, where he held the position of VP of Technical Operations and Part 119 Director of Maintenance. In that position, he was responsible for all aspects of Technical Operations including: QC, QA, Aircraft Records, Maintenance Programs, Technical Publications, Engineering, Reliability, Materials, Planning, Maintenance Training, Line and Heavy Check Maintenance and Engine Overhaul. Mr. Truax received a BA in Aviation Management in 2002 from Metropolitan State University and holds A&P and R&E licenses, as well as an FAA private pilot license.


Mr. James M. White

James M. White Mr. James M. White served in U.S. Army (1975-78). Began career in airline industry after being Honorably Discharged from U.S. Army in 1978. Flying career started with Southeastern Airlines operating DH-104, GF-24, & EMB-110, moved to Atlantic Southeast Airlines (after they purchased Southeastern) and operated the EMB-110 & DHC-7. Moved to Resort Air (now Trans States Airlines) February 1988 and operated ATR-42/72, BAE-ATP, & EMB-145. Moved to Compass Airline as Director of Operations in June 2011. During my airline career I have held the position of First Officer, Captain, Instructor (ground & flight), Check Airman, APD, Director of Training, Flight Manager, Chief Pilot, Director of Operations & Director of Safety & Regulatory Affairs. Currently hold an ATP license with multiple type ratings, Commercial license – Single-Engine fixed wing & Rotorcraft, Certified Flight Instructor - Instruments, Multi-Engine and to date have accumulated approx. 17000 flight hours.


Mr. Joseph Restifo

Mr. JoeRestifo Mr. Joe Restifo was named Director of Safety and Security in May of 2013. He has more than 20 years of aviation management experience.Prior to assuming his current role, he was vice president of Operations for Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. and Mesaba Airlines, where he was responsible for the integration of new jet aircraft into the Mesaba fleet and for development of computer-based integrated pilot training. He began his airline career in 1990 as a pilot and flew until 1999. He was named chief pilot in 1996 and director of Flight Operations in 1999. Restifo earned a bachelor's degree in aviation technology and aviation management from Bowling Green State University.


Mr. George Cline

George Cline Mr. George Cline, Director of Quality & Part 119 Chief Inspector, brings over 23 years of aircraft maintenance and quality experience with more than 15 of these years in a management capacity. Prior to joining Compass in May 2007, he held various management positions in areas to include (Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Maintenance Base Manager, and Heavy Maintenance); He earned an A&P license from Frederick Community College (Aviation Maintenance Technology).

Mr. Cline also presently serves as Master Sergeant in the Air National Guard, and has served in the U.S. Air Force for a combined total of over 22 years; during these years Mr. Cline supported several operations to include Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.


Mr. Bo Curtis

Mr. Bo Curtis Mr. Shane (Bo) Curtis, Director of Maintenance, joined Compass in 2007 as the Technical Operations Manager, MSP from Pinnacle Airlines, where he held the position of Maintenance Base Manager, MSP. In his previous positions, he was responsible for all areas of Tech Ops Maintenance, including aircraft, GSE, facilities, and Materials in MSP. Bo earned his A&P in 1996 and worked his way through the ranks of the maintenance department, from entry level A&P Mechanic to Director of Maintenance.

Bo is also active in his community. For the past 5 years, he has been a volunteer baseball coach for his community Parks & Recreation League and area Sports Boosters programs and for the past 4 years, he has also been a volunteer football coach for his area Sports Boosters program.


Mr. John Coffield

John Coffield Mr. John Coffield is responsible, as General Manager of Customer Service, Security & Facilities, for all Compass airport operations activities, providing oversight of contract vendors, security functions and facilities everywhere that Compass operates. John has been in the airline industry for 48 years. Before joining Compass in November 2007, he held various supervisor and management positions at US Airways in Hub Operations with (1961-1998) in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. During the period of time from 1998 to 2006, John was the Hub Director for Atlantic Coast Airlines/Independence at the IAD and ORD hubs. During the 2006/2007 time frame, he was the General Manager for Worldwide Flight Services managing the NWA contract in Pittsburgh, Pa. Mr. Coffield is also a Vietnam Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during 1965 to 1966.


Mr. Todd Naugle

Todd Naugle Mr. Todd Naugle serves as Compass Airlines' Chief Pilot. Todd is an Airline Transport Pilot with over 8,500 hours of flight time with 22 years of aviation experience. Todd was hired as an First Officer in May 2009 and in April 2010 he joined the Compass Flight Operation Department as the MSP Domicile Chief Pilot and became the System Chief Pilot May 2011. Prior to coming to work for Compass in May 2009 Todd had an twelve year career with Champion Air. At Champion he began as a 727 Flight Engineer, Todd worked his way up to Captain, Simulator Instructor, Line Check Airman, Assistant Chief Pilot and becoming the System Chief Pilot. Todd began his career as a corporate pilot and holds 6 Type Ratings. Todd also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Studies from the University of North Dakota.


Mrs. Kim Barksdale

Kim BarksdaleMrs. Kim Barksdale, General Manager of Inflight, possesses over 20 years of expertise in Inflight operations management and training for regional and charter airlines. Starting with Mesaba Airlines as a Flight Attendant,Kim's expansive Inflight background includes serving at Mesaba as a Check Flight Attendant, Inflight Instructor, Supervisor Inflight Services for both the Minneapolis and the Detroit Base, and the Manager of Inflight Services. Mrs. Barksdale's Inflight leadership continued as the Manager of Inflight Training at Continental Express Airlines, the Manager of Inflight Bases and the Director of Inflight at Champion Air. In 2010, she joined Compass Inflight leadership as the Manager of Inflight Operations and also served as the Manager of Inflight Training. She has been qualified on the Fokker F-27, DeHavilland DHC-8, Saab SF340, Avro Rj-85, EMB-120, EMB-135/145, ATR-42, Boeing 727-200, and the Embraer 170 series.

Mrs. Barksdale has completed a Master Certification in Organizational Leadership & Applied Project Planning from Villanova University and has a Bachelor of Science Teaching degree in Physical Education from Mankato State University.


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