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Mr. Joseph A. Czyzyk

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mercury Air Group Inc

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Mercury Air Group Inc

2780 Skypark Dr

Torrance, California 90505

United States

Company Description

Mercury Air Group, Inc. was founded in 1956 by three members of the legendary First American Volunteer Group (AVG) Flying Tigers-Thomas C. Haywood, Robert P. "Duke" Hedman and Robert J. "Catfish" Raine. In all the history of aerial combat, there has never ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Chief Executive Officer, Mayor

Los Angeles

Affiliations

Board Member
The CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation

Board Member
US VETS Inc

Treasurer
Homeland Security Advisory Council

Board Member
Visitors

Chair of the Campaign Committee
School of Public Policy

Member of the President's Council
The Heritage Foundation

Member
Governor's Military Council

Board of Governors Member
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

Governor's Military Council Member
California Business Minute

Chairman
Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

Member of the Board of Governors
LAEDC

Board Member
US Navy

Trustee
West Coast University

Member of the Board of Governors
Board of Visitors

Founder
Air Cargo Division

Board Member
The Chamber

Founder
Jeanie Schreider Educational Advancement Scholarship

Education

California State University , Los Angeles

California State University at Los Angeles

California State University at Los Angeles. He

Fairfax High School

B.S.

Civil Engineering

California State University of Los Angeles

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Joseph Czyzyk is chairman an CEO of Mercury Air Group, an aviation services company. His company's headquarters is in Westchester, but the firm is expanding worldwide. "We are, whether we like it or not, a global economy. And there's no reason this local company in the South Bay should not be part of that," he said. (Robert Casillas / Staff Photographer)

From his corporate headquarters in Westchester, Joseph Czyzyk scans the globe like an airplane passenger 40,000 feet up may see the ground below: with a broad, panoramic view.
Yet, for Czyzyk (pronounced Chizzick), the ground below is within his grasp.
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"We are, whether we like it or not, a global economy," Czyzyk said in a recent interview. "And there's no reason this local company in the South Bay should not be part of that. And we are."
Czyzyk, 60, joined the company in 1984, and steadily moved up the ranks amid turbulent times for the firm. These included a painful downsizing that cut the workforce in half, a move to take the company private after many years as a public entity and growth that has brought the firm about $1 billion in annual revenue.
Because of Mercury Air Group's operations abroad, Czyzyk often finds himself on a plane heading to or from an exotic location.
"We at our company still believe in the personal touch, and we'll get on a plane and fly to Asia to let our customers know we appreciate their business," he said.
He added: "It's rare I'll take a personal vacation without tying in some business with it."
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While Czyzyk's business perspective is global, his civic interests are local. In 1999, he was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan to serve on the city's Department of Transportation Commission.
From that group, the city created the Board of Taxicab Commissioners, where Czyzyk has served as president since 2001.
Also in 2001, Czyzyk was elected to the board of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Since 2003, he has served on the board's executive committee. He is currently co-chair of the board's aviation committee.
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Toebben recalls attending a dinner party thrown by Czyzyk and his wife Faye, and realizing how "international" they are.
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Toebben added that Czyzyk represents the American Dream and "believe(s) in this country as a place for immigrants and children of immigrants to succeed."
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Czyzyk and his family immigrated to the United States from Montreal, Canada, 45 years ago. But Czyzyk traces his family's first immigrant experience even further in the past.
Czyzyk was born in 1947 in a small town outside Warsaw, Poland. Two years earlier, his Jewish parents had been hiding out in the Soviet Union to escape the violence of World War II.
Czyzyk's father worked as a furrier, making fur coats. But after the war, the family moved around Europe before finally immigrating in 1949 to Canada, where his father took on odd jobs.
In 1963, the family moved to Los Angeles, where Czyzyk attended Fairfax High School. He graduated two years later. His father purchased and ran a nursing home in Lynwood.
After high school, Czyzyk took classes at Los Angeles City College for two years. Then he joined the Navy, and learned civil engineering skills with the Seabees.
He spent about two years in Vietnam during the war.
When he left the service in 1970, Czyzyk looked for work in civil engineering, but found nothing. So like his father in Canada, Czyzyk took on odd jobs including as a bank teller and flower exchange broker.
About a year later, he took a job with United Airlines in Los Angeles as a sales rep, selling cargo space on airplanes. He was 21 at the time.
Six months later, he landed a job selling air cargo space for El Al, the Israeli carrier.
"I learned a lot about the business," Czyzyk said.
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Five years later, in 1984, Mercury Air Group recruited Czyzyk to develop a cargo division for the company. He started out as general manager and vice president for cargo.
A year later, Czyzyk was promoted to president of Mercury Services, which, at the time, was the umbrella organization for all the company's Los Angeles area businesses, he said.
"At the time, it was the bulk of the labor and capital intensive businesses," Czyzyk said.
And many of the businesses were losing money. So Czyzyk began to streamline the company by selling off or merging businesses.
"It was a very difficult period because when you're reducing a company's size, you have to do it in tandem with reducing costs," including cutting jobs, he said.
By 1994, when Czyzyk was named chief operating officer, the workforce had been cut from 3,000 employees to 1,500.
Czyzyk continued to develop the businesses and his career. In 1999, he was promoted to president and CEO. In 2004, he became chairman and CEO.
Two years later, he privatized the company to avoid complicated and expensive new regulations governing public firms.
Looking back on his life and career, Czyzyk said he was guided by ambition for success, a fascination with airplanes and a desire to improve other people's lives.
"Having the experience of my father having had so many odd jobs I always wanted to be an employer and help people put bread on the table," he said.


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Joseph A. Czyzyk Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

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Joseph A. Czyzyk
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
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It is this tradition of teamwork, integrity and achieving strong results that drives Mercury's Chairman & CEO-- Joseph A. Czyzyk.
Mr. Czyzyk was born in Poland, the son of Holocaust survivors; he traveled Europe as a toddler and grew up in Canada. His parents moved to the U.S. when he was 16 years old and he became a U.S. citizen.
Mr. Czyzyk has visited nearly 100 nations and has established business operations in more than 45 countries during his career, which started in the airline industry. He joined Mercury in 1984 to establish the company's cargo division. As Chairman of the Board, he privatized the company in 2006, after nearly three decades on the American Stock Exchange.
From extensive travels to every part of the globe, but with a special emphasis on South America, Asia and the Middle East, Mr. Czyzyk has deep international relationships which have allowed Mercury to expand far beyond its Los Angeles headquarters. Civic activism is a cornerstone of his career. Mr. Czyzyk served as the 2011 Board Chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce-the oldest and most prestigious business association in the Los Angeles region.
He is a past president of the City of Los Angeles Board of Taxicab Commissioners, having served on the Commission since its inception in 1998 until his retirement in 2008. Mr. Czyzyk has the distinction of having served as a City Commissioner under the last three consecutive Mayors of Los Angeles.
He also serves as Treasurer of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). Additionally, Mr. Czyzyk sits on the Board of Visitors, Graduate School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University and is Chair of the School of Public Policy's Campaign Committee.
Mr. Czyzyk is a decorated U.S. Veteran, having volunteered for two tours of duty (1966-1969) with U.S. Navy Mobile Construction Battalion (Seabees), in the U.S. and the Republic of Vietnam. He is a proud Board Member of the CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation, helping to carry on the Seabees' "can do" tradition. Mr. Czyzyk also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of U.S. Vets.
Mr. Czyzyk is a graduate of California State University at Los Angeles. He and his wife, Faye, are Los Angeles residents and are the parents of four adult children and have one grandson.
Joe Czyzyk's Mercury Career Highlights:


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Joseph A. Czyzyk Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

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It is this tradition of teamwork, integrity and achieving strong results that drives our Chairman & CEO-- Joseph A. Czyzyk and our leadership team.


Leadership - Mercury Air Cargo

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Mercury CEO, Joe Czyzyk, Celebrating Opening of Mercury's new 12,700 sq.ft. refrigeration unit at LAX with Mayor of Los Angeles, Villaraigosa.


Board of Directors – U.S.VETS | United States Veterans Initiative

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Joseph A. Czyzyk, Chairman

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Joe Czyzyk A longtime airline industry executive, Mr. Czyzyk is chairman of Los Angeles-based Mercury Air Group Inc.
He was born in Poland, the son of Holocaust survivors, and grew up in Canada. At the age of 16, he moved to the U.S with his parents and soon became a citizen. A graduate of California State University at Los Angeles, he served two tours of duty with the U.S. Navy Mobile Construction Battalions (Seabees) in Vietnam. He is a board member of the CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation.
Mr. Czyzyk serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce where he was Chairman in 2011, and also serves as treasurer of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). He is a member of the board of governors of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), and is Chairman of the Board of Visitors, Graduate School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University.
He is a past president of the City of Los Angeles board of taxicab commissioners, having served on the commission since its inception in 1998 until his retirement in 2008. Mr. Czyzyk has the distinction of having served as a city commissioner under the last three mayors of Los Angeles.
He was elected to the U.S.VETS board in March 2012.
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Joe Czyzyk

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