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June 18, 2012
Steve Varsano, Owner of The Jet Business
It took four years of intense planning and a lifetime of experience for Steve Varsano to create The Jet Business, a meticulously designed uber-high-end storefront in the most exclusive part of London.
June 4, 2012
Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan has a permanent hole in his head from a stunt accident and has been an emergency-room regular, but he continues to perform death-defying stunts to get the perfect shots for his action movies. A passionate advocate for realism in film, he insists that his fellow actors execute their own stunts, too–albeit while wearing plenty of padding. His later films include outtakes of his on-set accidents run under the closing credits. He cannot get insurance in the U.S.
May 7, 2012
George Antoniadis, Founder and CEO of PlaneSense
When I first met PlaneSense founder and CEO George Antoniadis last October, I was struck by his effusive manner and passion for his fractional-aircraft-share company. During our recent interview at PlaneSense headquarters in Portsmouth, N.H., I saw another side of him: laser-focused, serious and smart.
April 16, 2012
Blair LaCorte, 49, brought a childhood passion for aviation to XOJet. He joined the company as president in 2009, was named interim chief executive officer in 2010, and one year later became the full-time chief executive officer.
March 26, 2012
Lang Lang
International piano sensation Lang Lang grew up on a Chinese air force base where his father played in the military band. He doesn’t remember much about the airplanes there, but he does recall watching American television cartoons, with their animation often mated to classical music, and credits them for his desire to learn piano.
March 22, 2012
Buzz Aldrin
These days, Buzz Aldrin zips around on a JetSuite Embraer Phenom 100 instead of a NASA spaceship. While he is helping JetSuite promote its regional light jet charter service, he also finds that VLJs offer a convenient way to travel to speaking engagements and for space research projects and vacations.
March 19, 2012
William Shatner
William Shatner has been a staple of popular culture for half a century. He is perhaps best known for playing Captain James Kirk on the 1960s television series Star Trek and in more than half a dozen of the like-titled motion pictures that followed. He later served as the omnipresent discount-travel Priceline pitchman and portrayed the lovable lout lawyer Denny Crane on the TV series Boston Legal, for which he won two Emmys and a Golden Globe award. Turn on your television anytime in recent years and there he was, holding court on his cable interview show Raw Nerve, cooing over antiques with the History Channel guys on American Pickers, roasting bad-boy actor Charlie Sheen on Comedy Central, reading Sarah Palin’s Tweets as poetry parody on The Tonight Show, appearing on the CBS sitcom $h*! My Dad Says, awakening the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery on their final mission or presenting a country music award.
February 24, 2012
Craig Sincock, CEO,  Avfuel
Craig Sincock is the sole owner of Avfuel and has been CEO of the aviation fuel and services company since 1984. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he learned to fly and worked in the investment banking and consulting arena.  One of his consulting clients was a regional aviation fuel supplier serving the Great Lakes Region named Avfuel Corporation.
February 7, 2012
Scott Ashton spent five years at Gama Aviation, where he started in aircraft sales and acquisitions and became chief commercial officer, responsible for aircraft management and charter programs. He joined Sikorsky-owned Associated Aircraft Group in August of 2011 as president and general manager.
February 1, 2012
Air Partner’s Philip Mathews
Phil Mathews wanted to be a pilot since childhood, but bad eyesight precluded that dream. Instead, after graduating from England's University of Buckingham in 1989, he began a job as a check-in agent at London's Gatwick Airport. He was hired just for summer vacation, but he wound up being promoted to flight dispatcher and manager of general operations and spending four years there.

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