Tim Komberec, President and CEO of Empire Airlines, Inc., was born and raised in Montana. After high school, Tim moved to Seattle, Washington where he worked for the Boeing Company as an experimental machinist until entering and serving three years of active duty in the US Army. Upon leaving the Army, Tim returned to Seattle to attend Seattle Community College and to pursue his flying career.
Tim has been actively involved in aviation since 1971. He has held senior management positions with several airlines and has logged over 13,000 hours as an airline pilot, check airman and instructor. He is an Airline Transport Pilot with type ratings in several aircraft.
Tim’s career has covered many aspects of the aviation business. He has negotiated and administered labor contracts, worked with the certification of several airlines, established and managed both large and small flight and maintenance operations departments, flown thousand of hours, and managed aircraft fleets from small turbo props to large jet aircraft.
Tim currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Regional Airline Association, the Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association, the Kootenai County Airport Advisory Board, the Idaho Economic Advisory Council and the Executive Board of the North Idaho College Foundation. Tim and his wife Linda reside in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.