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November 6, 2012
Matt Thurber Wins NBAA Gold Wing   Photo:  Mariano Rosales
Regular BJT contributor Matt Thurber is the winner of this year's Gold Wing Award for reporting excellence from the National Business Aviation Association.
October 23, 2012
PlaneSense CEO George Antoniadis
You don’t have to spend much time with George Antoniadis to figure out why he has achieved success with PlaneSense, the fractional-aircraft-share company he founded in 1996. Granted, he was probably in the right place at the right time with the right airplane, the economical Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop.
September 26, 2012
 Fred Reid
Fred Reid, who is known for his exceptional command of English, is also fluent in French, German and Hindi. He has lived in seven countries over 36 years and held prominent positions at four major airlines. He was the first U.S. national to lead a major international carrier, Lufthansa German Airlines and also was the founding CEO of Virgin America.
September 25, 2012
Zappo's Tony Hsieh, Photo:  Ryan Weber
To begin to understand the grand experiment that is Tony Hsieh’s life, read two books. One is his own Delivering Happiness, a Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose, which explains not only how he built Zappos and his previous company but also his philosophy of over-the-top customer service. (The book debuted at No.
September 5, 2012
Chris Holifield
As a young worker at fast-food joints, Chris Holifield daydreamed about owning her own company instead of focusing on the business at hand and this led on some occasions to her getting fired.
August 28, 2012
Kenn Ricci
Kenn Ricci is the principal of Directional Aviation Capital, which owns Flight Options, Nextant Aerospace, Constant Aviation and Sentient Jet. He is also the author of the leadership book Management by Trust. Little-known fact: Ricci was Bill Clinton's pilot when he ran for president in 1992.
July 31, 2012
Novak Djokovic
Sitting in a Bombardier Learjet 45 at California’s Palm Desert Airport near Palm Springs, tennis champion Novak Djokovic outlined the approach that has kept him at the top of the game and made him a hero in his native Serbia.
July 25, 2012
BJT Management Series: Piaggio America's John Bingham
John Bingham, president and CEO of Piaggio America, is known for his directness and candor. He joined Piaggio in 2010 and has since overhauled the image of the brand while focusing on the Avanti's coolness factor.
July 11, 2012
Sir Richard Branson discusses plans to take paying passengers into space. The Virgin Galactic founder talks with BJT and sister publication Aviation International News.
June 27, 2012
Dan Schwinn
After launching a successful high-tech startup–communication equipment manufacturer Shiva Corporation–Dan Schwinn turned his talents to fixing a glaring problem with the utility of small general aviation airplanes. The instrumentation available in the early 1990s on the typical single-engine aircraft was needlessly complicated, Schwinn felt. What aviation needed was a much simpler interface between the airplane and the pilot–something that presents information in a clear, easy-to-interpret manner and that promotes safety, rather than detracting from it.

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