Ralph Atkin

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Ralph Atkin (born Jeffery Ralph Atkin in 1943) is the founder of SkyWest Airlines in the United States.

He founded SkyWest Airlines in 1972 and served first as CEO, then as Chairman of the Board for 20 years

A lifelong resident of St. George, Utah, Atkin has undergraduate degrees from Dixie State College and Brigham Young University, an MBA from Golden Gate University and a doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of Utah.[1]

Atkin has also been associated with the attempted takeover of Trans World Airlines (TWA) in 2001 and with the startup of Ghana International Airlines in Ghana in 2004.

Atkin is a member of the Utah State Bar and has a private law practice in St. George.

He and his wife, Cheri Bennet Atkin, have eight children and 25 grandchildren.[1] Professional skateboarder James R. Atkin is one of his sons.


  1. ^ a b "Founder of SkyWest to speak on '75 Years of Dixie' at chamber luncheon". Retrieved 2019-08-02.

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