Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr. is Chairman and CEO of Allegiant Travel Co. and Allegiant Air, which offers service to 104 cities across the United States. He also serves as the Principal at Gallagher Corporation, Gallagher Equity Management LLC, and is Co-Partner of the investment firm at Flynn/Gallagher.
Gallagher has been actively involved in the management of Allegiant Air since June 2001. He has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2003 and was named Chairman of the Board in 2006. Since then, Gallagher has established a low-cost airline focusing on niche routes that fly from underserved airports nonstop to vacation destinations, and serving cities that typically see few direct flights from major carriers. Gallagher also led Allegiant Travel Co. to a successful IPO on the New York Stock Exchange in December 2006.
Under Gallagher’s leadership, Allegiant Travel Co. has remained profitable every quarter since 2003, despite industry challenges that include fluctuating fuel costs and an unstable economy. Allegiant has been named one of America’s 100 Best Small Companies by Forbes Magazine for five consecutive years, and in 2014, AVIATION WEEK ranked Allegiant the Top-Performing Airline in North America for the third consecutive year. Allegiant Air was also recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration with the Diamond Award of Excellence for Aviation Maintenance Technician Training in 2009 and 2010.
Before joining Allegiant, Gallagher founded Mpower Communications Corp., a telecommunications firm, and served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for the company. He was also a founder of ValuJet Airlines, and a principal owner and executive of WestAir, a commuter airline.
Gallagher graduated from the University of California Davis with a Bachelor’s Degree in history, and earned an M.B.A. from the University of California Berkley. He currently lives in Las Vegas, NV. with his wife and two children.