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Profile of Rudy Miller: president of StatesWest. (StatesWest Airlines) (Commuter/Regional)

Meet Rudy Miller, the flamboyant, controversial chairman of Stateswest Airlines, a carrier that until third quarter 1991 had lost millions of dollars since starting operations in October, 1986. To the aviation community, he is a relative newcomer. But he is well known to the Phoenix business community and local constabulary.

Miller's professional experience ranges from investor relations and financial management to public relations television production and his own TV show. No doubt, the latter will help him in his new role as chairman of the Regional Airline Association's Public Relations Committee (RAA-PRC).

Selling the regional-airline business is tough, even for someone as talkative and persuasive as Miller. The 44-year-old is spearheading the PRC at a time when the industry is hurting economically and enduring its worst year ever for safety. …

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