People

October 1, 2007
“Short of a complete global meltdown or another 9/11, I don’t see anything sl
Josh Mesinger is vice president of J. Mesinger Jet Sales, a Boulder, Colo. corporate jet brokerage and consulting firm founded by his father, Jay. The younger Mesinger joined the company eight years ago, after graduating from George Washington University.
August 1, 2007
-Shanghai-based journalist James Fallows, in The Atlantic
August 1, 2007
On the ground, Banks’ Citation S/II doubles as a lounge chair.
Walter Banks grew up in the hotel business. When he was about two years old, his father bought and began managing the historic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, Va. Then in 1960, when Walter was 17, his dad sold that property and purchased Fort Lauderdale's Lago Mar Resort and Club.
August 1, 2007
“We believe that there’s a big opportunity for the whole-plane car-service-wi
Starting a company was the last thing on William Herp's mind when he caught the aviation bug in 1996. In fact, he'd already launched several businesses and was in the midst of a break from his entrepreneurial efforts.
August 1, 2007
“I literally go through my schedule at the end of each week,” Pino said, “and
The large lawn in front of the Sikorsky Aircraft headquarters building just north of the Merritt Parkway in Stratford, Conn., contains a not-unexpected windsock and helipad.
June 1, 2007
“When we first started growing, even our board was hesitant to believe that w
When Steve Hankin left Starwood Hotels & Resorts to become CEO of Sentient Jet three years ago, the Weymouth, Mass.-based jet-card provider was "a very small company," he said recently. It's bigger now, but exactly how much bigger is anybody's guess. As Hankin told us when we asked about revenues and hours flown, "We've never revealed that.
June 1, 2007
-Warren Buffett, in his typically folksy annual letter to stockholders of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns NetJets
June 1, 2007
Frederick Price
Nothing in Frederick Price's early life suggested that he would one day lead a congregation of thousands and fly around in a private jet. He grew up poor, in a nonreligious household, with an alcoholic father, and he suffered during childhood from an inferiority complex and a variety of phobias.
April 1, 2007
-Canadian businessman Al Kroontje, on his first flight in his Sierra Stallion, a converted Citation 501SP with enhanced range and speed.
April 1, 2007
“My employees really appreciate that we can transport them to a destination q
If a desire to see the world helped entice a young Hank Cintron to sign up for military service, it's a good bet that he wasn't disappointed. He joined the Army from an ROTC program at the University of Puerto Rico at age 21 in 1975, and by the time he retired as a lieutenant colonel two decades later, he had worked everywhere from Venezuela and Nicaragua to Germany and Kuwait.

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