Prior to founding Surf Air, Wade worked in national defense, filling various roles for an intelligence agency. He served as a Senior Business Consultant leading Lean Six Sigma process improvement activities for the National Security Agency, and spent four years as an intelligence officer with the Department of Defense. Before leaving politics to work for the government, Wade worked on two Presidential campaigns, including time as a Press Advance Representative for Vice President Dick Cheney. Additionally, Wade served in Iraq from 2009-2010 where he built quantitative models that were used to predict conflict and help keep soldiers safe. Wade received the Secretary of Defense’s medal for the Global War on Terror, and the Civilian Joint Service Commendation for his work there.
In 2011, Wade and his brother David created a new type of private air travel, a members-only service that provided travel between top United States cities. Surf Air was created to build a business service that would introduce the luxury service of private flying to passengers who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it.
Wade earned a B.A. in International Economic Policy and Cross-Cultural Relations from Central Missouri State University and a Master’s in Public Policy and International Development Management from Brigham Young University – where he also earned a Global Management Certificate. In 2005, Wade received the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award from Central Missouri State.