(Fargo, N.D.) Spectrum Aeromed has announced the hiring of Chad Kost to serve in the company’s newly created position of chief operating officer. Kost will handle many aspects of Spectrum Aeromed’s daily operations and procedures and aid with strategic planning.

“The tremendous growth we have realized as a company coupled with additional opportunity to expand requires that we take this critical step with a new leadership position at Spectrum Aeromed,” said Spectrum Aeromed CEO Dean Atchison. “I worked with Chad for more than a decade. His professionalism, outstanding financial background, contract management skills, client service experience and leadership style make him a valuable addition to our team.”

Prior to joining Spectrum Aeromed, Kost aided the company briefly as a consultant. He also spent 17 years in the banking industry where he most recently managed the financial reporting for Bank of the West’s $3.4 billion direct consumer loan portfolio. During his tenure with the bank, Kost played an integral role in the bank’s mergers and acquisitions, credit analysis, business banking, project management and bank integration.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Mayville State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from North Dakota State University.

Spectrum Aeromed is a leading global designer and manufacturer of custom air medical and air ambulance equipment for fixed and rotor wing aircraft. The company is qualified to produce specialized life support solutions for air, ground and marine support applications. Spectrum Aeromed holds more than 90 Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) covering more than 450 models of aircraft. Spectrum Aeromed is headquartered in Fargo, ND with a 17,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. For more information, visit www.spectrum-aeromed.com.