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Mitch Januszewski was raised in Chicago and has lived the last 28 years in southern Wisconsin. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He recently retired from Regulatory Compliance Associates Inc., a leading pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device regulatory compliance consulting firm, after a 22 year term serving as CEO, President and Board Chairman. Prior to RCA, he was President of Oak Grove Technologies Inc, an FDA industry consulting firm which he sold to Quintiles in 2000, and previously worked at Sverdrup Engineering, and Baxter Healthcare.
He has served on the CJP Board, Executive Committee, Advocacy Committee and IT Committee.
Mitch has five children, of whom one is an instrument rated private pilot, and the remaining four avid passengers in the back of the CJ1+.
He holds an ATP-MEL certificate and a Commercial SEL certificate, and CE-500 and CE525S type ratings. He has been a pilot for over 45 years, and has owned a Cessna 150, 172, 172RG,180, Travel Air, Baron, Cessna 340A, C90 King Air, Citation II, CJ2, CJ3, and his current CJ1+.
He now split his time between his homes and Burlington, Wisconsin and Naples, Florida, spending as little wintertime in Wisconsin as possible. His frequent flying companion is his rescue hound Andy, who occasionally fills in as scent navigator.
He is an avid cyclist, snow skier, boater and scuba diver and a very mediocre golfer.
R. Blake Curd, M.D. and Debbie have been married since 1993 and are proud to have their 3 children making their own path in the world. Their eldest, Elliott Hunter, is a pediatric ICU nurse in Kansas City having moved away from her mom and dad in February 2020. The middle child, Rilie Bryn, is entering her senior year at Boston University and beginning an internship in molecular cancer research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Debbie and Blake’s youngest son, Zachary Blake, shares his dad’s love of flying and began his academic career at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs this past June and is planning on becoming a USAF Pilot. Dr. Curd is the Chief Executive Officer of Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital and a practicing orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand, upper extremity and micro vascular surgery. He is also the Chief Medical Officer of Medical Facilities Corporation. Dr. Curd serves on the Executive Committee of The Orthopedic Institute and is Chairman and is a past Chief of Orthopedic Surgery for Avera-McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Dr. Curd is Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and is a frequent guest lecturer for graduate medical education, community education, and peer surgeon educational meetings. Blake is Chairman of the Board of Surgical Management Professionals- delivering design, build, equity, management and consulting for outpatient and inpatient surgical endeavors. Dr. Curd was first elected to the South Dakota State Legislature in 2008, has served as the Senate Majority Leader and is currently the Chairman of the Education Committee of the South Dakota Senate.
Dr. Curd spent over ten years in the United States Air Force serving as a flight surgeon for a combat search and rescue squadron, a B-1 Bomber Squadron and as an orthopedic surgeon. Blake initiated his civilian flying while a flight surgeon and has owned or flown numerous aircraft from Aviat Huskies to Waco bi-planes, TBM, Mustang and the 525 series. Dr. Curd graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine with a Bachelor of Arts in both Biology and Chemistry and Medical Doctorate. Dr. Curd completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency Training in San Antonio, Texas and completed his fellowship in Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery at the Indiana Hand Center/Indiana University.
John Springthorpe, III was born in the small North Carolina town that was the inspiration for Mayberry of television fame. He served four years in the United States Army, working for the Army Security Agency. Following his military service, he worked as a defense contractor on assignments in Germany, Italy, Honduras, California, Texas, Virginia and two years in South Korea, where he earned his private pilot certificate.
In 1989, John joined his brother’s print and mail business, SouthData, and helped build it, becoming CEO when his brother retired in 2000. Continued growth positioned the company for a merger with OSG in 2014, with John filling the role of president of the combined companies where he focused on the technology and systems for the digital printing, mailing and payment processing business. He continued in that role until the sale to a private equity firm in 2017.
John is married to Karen who has mostly overcome her fear of flying as their travels have taken them throughout the world. They have one son, Jay, who lives in nearby Winston-Salem.
After retirement, John has devoted himself to flying travels and hiking. He and Karen flew to Australia in 2017, to Africa in 2018 and around the world in 2019. John and his son climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2018. Currently, he and Karen are focused on building a new home.
John joined CJP in 2014 when he purchased his first Citation, an M2. He subsequently traded that aircraft for a CJ3+ in 2017. He also owns a T-34A military trainer. John learned to fly in a Cessna 152. Over the years, he has owned a Cessna 172; a Piper Arrow III, Sport, Dakota, Saratoga, Seneca V and Meridian; a TBM 850; a Waco YMF; and a Pilatus PC-7.
John holds an ATP MEL certificate and a Commercial SEL certificate, along with CE-510S, CE-525S and N B25 SIC type ratings. He has 3,300 hours flying with more than 1,100 hours in Citations. John has flown his airplane in 76 countries and flown around the world both east-bound and west-bound.
Randy is a native of Texas and was raised on a small farm and ranch northeast of Dallas. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University as well as an MBA from Texas A&M University in Kingsville. He joined ExxonMobil in 1979 and recently retired after holding Regional Vice President positions for the Americas and more recently in Africa for the ExxonMobil Production Company where he oversaw all operating and business performance matters within both portfolios. Over his 39 year career, he and his wife, Cindy, have lived in Texas, Kansas, Alberta, and Nigeria. That said, Randy completed his private flying license while in high school and has owned an airplane longer than he's owned a home.
Randy and Cindy now fly a CJ2+ after flying a CJ1+ for 2.5 years. He’s accumulated 500+ hours between the two CJ’s out of about 2800 hours TT. He completed his multi-engine rating simultaneously with his C525S type rating in the CJ1+. More recently he completed his MEL commercial license in the CJ2+. Prior to the CJ1+, Randy accumulated about 500 hours in a TBM 850 with mostly Mooney's and Bonanza's making up the balance of his flying experience.
They have one daughter, son-in-law, and one granddaughter who also live in Houston and are regular Citation passengers. In addition, Randy and Cindy are advanced scuba-divers and enjoy hiking, travel, other cultures, art, automobiles, good food, wine & conversation!
My name is Joe Fisher. I own and operate 3 New Car dealerships in Yuma AZ. I am married 35 years to Annie(a pilot also) and have 2 grown children Angie and John. We have 3 grand kids Demeri, Andon and Breven.
My aviation experience started in 1982; I purchased a Beechcraft Sundowner and earned a private pilot’s license. I told my wife that the Sundowner would be a great aircraft for our family and would last us for years. Well it lasted for about 6 months and was at least a dozen airplanes ago. We currently own and fly a CJ1, C182 and an AS-350/B3 Eurocopter.
Aviation quickly became my passion; I earned an instrument rating within a year. Then it was on to Commercial, ATP and Flight Instructor Ratings. In 1991 I sold my first Car dealership to pursue a carrier in Aviation. From 1991-1998 I Flight instructed, piloted a Corporate Citation 501 and 550. I was hired by NETJETS where I piloted a Citation 560 and a Hawker 1000.
Today I fly for me; I fly 250-300 hours per year and have accumulated over 10,000 hours. I hold a ATP MULTIENGINE LAND with type ratings BAE-125, CE-500, CE-525S, DC-3, COMMERCIAL, AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND & SEA; ROTORCRAFT HELICOPTER INSTRUMENT HELICOPTER. FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR; AIRPLANE SINGLE AND MULTIENGINE; INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE; ROTORCRAFT-HELICOPTER
Mr. Abood is an investor. Mr. Abood was CEO (2019 - 2022) and a director (2016 - present) of EVO Transportation & Energy Services, Inc, a national trucking firm serving the USPS and other freight customers. Currently, he sits on the board of directors of Nelson Worldwide Holdings, a national architecture, engineering and interior design firm, Perception Capital Partners II, a special purpose acquisition company and SBH Funds, a mutual fund complex sponsored by CI Segall Bryant and Hamill. From 1994 to 2014, Mr. Abood was an owner and Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Dougherty Financial Group LLC, a financial services firm.
Mr. Abood is past Chair of the board of directors and is an executive committee member of Citation Jet Pilots, Inc. owner pilot association, Chair of the board of directors of the CJP Safety and Education Foundation, Inc., past Chair (2016 – 2018) of the Board and director (2012 – 2021) of MacPhail Center for Music, past Chair (2013 – 2021) and member (2011 – 2021) of the Archdiocesan Finance Council of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, past Chair of the Board (2014 – 2016) and governor (2001 – 2016) of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, past Chair of the Board (2008 – 2010) and director (2000 – 2010) of the Minnesota Children’s Museum and past President (2016) and Governor (2009 – 2012, 2015- 2018), The Minikahda Club.
Mr. Abood was raised in Lansing, Michigan, received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude and his BBA from the University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude.
Mr. Abood has been flying since 1997 and holds commercial and private pilot certificates with single engine land, multi engine land and instrument ratings. He holds a type rating in the Cessna 525 series jets. He has qualified for and received the CJP Gold Standard Safety Award in each year of its existence. His six-airplane ownership history includes a Beechcraft Bonanza A36, Beechcraft Baron B58, Beechcraft King Air C90A, Cessna Citation CJ2, Cessna Citation CJ3 and a Cessna Citation CJ4. He has over 4200 hours, substantially all of which is single pilot cross country time.
Marc Dulude retired as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rand Worldwide in November of 2014 after having served in that role since 2007 and where he also served as Chairman of the company. Rand Worldwide is a public company focused in the areas of CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM/BIM. Among its business units is IMAGINiT Technologies, the largest reseller of Autodesk products in the Americas and one of the three largest in the world. Marc was a General Partner at Ampersand Capital Partners from 2002 to 2010. During his eight years with the firm, Ampersand was a stage independent private equity firm that invested primarily in the industrial and healthcare markets. Spanning sectors such as information technology, software, life sciences, medical devices and specialty materials and chemicals, Ampersand had a broad spectrum of investments in almost every stage of development.
Prior to Ampersand, Marc was the President and CEO of Moldflow, the world’s leading developer of software solutions that enhanced the design, analysis, and manufacture of injection molded plastic parts, a role he held from 1996 until 2002. In this capacity, Marc directed all of Moldflow’s global operations from the head office he established in Massachusetts in the USA. Marc was the central figure in Moldflow’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) of stock on the NASDAQ market, an offering that was ranked in most every list of top IPO’s of the year 2000. Before moving to Moldflow, Marc was the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Parametric Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: PMTC), where he had overall responsibility for product line management of PTC’s products as well as the creation and dissemination of the supporting marketing materials and PTC’s marketing activities.
Marc has a B.Eng. and an M.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carleton University in Canada. Marc Dulude has served on the boards of numerous companies around the world including private and public companies.
Marc took up flying in 2001 and bought his first plane before he was done with the initial training. He went from that Skylane to a Mooney Ovation 2 then bought a Piper Mirage to move to a pressurized aircraft. He had the conversion done to make the plane a turboprop under the JetProp STC. Marc took four years off of flying and then returned to buy a TBM 700 C2 and then made the move to ownership of a Citation Mustang before upgrading once again to a Citation M2. He has a single pilot type rating for the Mustang and M2 as well as an airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate for single and multi-engine aircraft. He runs, cycles, and swims and is an avid golfer. His grown children are out of the house and he and his wife, Carol, undertake golf trips since Carol is an accomplished player.
Jonathan was raised in Washington D.C. and resides in the SF Bay Area, California with his wife Kristen. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil and Geotechnical Engineering from UC Berkeley. Jonathan spent ten years with international engineering firms, founded a geotechnical and environmental engineering company in 2000, and has been active in the Bay Area’s rapidly evolving infrastructure, housing, commercial, and industrial sectors for over 30 years. He is a subject matter expert for the State Geotechnical Engineering Exam Development Unit, which sets professional engineering testing and licensing standards in California.
Always fascinated with flight, Jonathan built experience in Cirrus’s and a Cessna twin, and now enjoys the flight levels in a CJ2. Jonathan joined CJP in 2017 when jet ownership first came into focus. Given the opportunity to interact with the Presage Group, Flight Safety International and Textron in the Safe-To-Land initiative, Jonathan discovered the deep expertise and partnerships that make CJP such an important resource and voice for owner-flown jet operators.
Jonathan and Kristen enjoy exploring new destinations and visiting family in Nevada, Louisiana, Florida, Virginia and Connecticut. When not at FL450, Jonathan and Kristen can be found on a mountain trail with their rescue dog Luna, on a new culinary adventure, or participating at a live music event. Most of all, they enjoy the fantastic scenery and companionship flying a CJ2 makes possible.
Stuart began his career in commercial real estate in 1984 starting Bomasada with a vision to acquire, redevelop and manage existing multifamily and retail properties. After successfully implementing this strategy along with rapid economic growth, he began developing new multifamily projects. Today, Stuart oversees day-to-day operations for Bomasada, one of the premier privately-held multifamily real estate development / contracting firms in the southern United States. Since its inception, the Bomasada team has completed over $1.5 billion of transactional business in new developments, construction and acquisitions. He attended Texas A&M University, Class of ‘78 in Environmental Design. Stuart is an active and past member of numerous organizations and sits on several Boards as a Director. Most notable associations are: National Multi Housing Council, National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Texas Association of Realtors, National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA), Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association(AOPA). He is the current President of the Herb Fred Medical Association, Board Member / Founding Director of the Cessna Jet Pilots Association (CJP), Founder and Director of SierraTrax and a current Board Member of the National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C. Stuart is an avid aviator logging in excess of 9,000 hours total time with 5000 hours in jets. He has owned and operated numerous Citation Jet Aircraft including a Cj,CJ1,CJ2+,CJ3 and currently a CJ4.
John Olsta owns and operates a trio of businesses serving the transportation industry. As their CEO, he leads with a focus on building lasting relationships through knowledge and service. With the corporate core values; Relational, Operational Excellence, Christ Centered, Knowledge and Service the group exists to solve problems for their customers and take care of their people. Together, the companies provide a unique combination of transportation equipment solutions and service to the bulk cargo tank industry. Operating throughout the USA, Latin America and the Caribbean they are one of the largest equipment, parts and service providers in the industry. Under John’s leadership the company(s) have grown from a regional trailer supplier to an international provider of transportation solutions.
Using his financial experiences to serve the community, John headed the finance team for Brazos Christian School for four years. He also fulfilled a three-year term on the finance committee for Central Baptist Church and currently serves on the board of Culture Care, an international arts movement. He is a member of the NBAA, AOPA, CJP and Vistage.
Although work is fun, John is an adventurer at heart. He holds finisher medals for an ultra & multiple marathons, summited Mt. Rainier and has spent more than 200 hours underwater scuba diving. He has rafted the rivers of the Rockies and skied its slopes. Ten plus years ago, John developed a new passion which keeps his feet off the ground. Now a licensed private, instrument rated pilot with commercial privileges John has logged hundreds of hours flying his Mustang across this great country.
A firm believer in teaching children character through sports, John has volunteered to help several sports teams. He served as coach for little league baseball, soccer, flag football and basketball.
Husband to Michelle and father to Anna and Jake, John strives to serve his family well and serve them first. Almost a native Texan, John has lived most his life in the Lone Star State and is a proud member of the Fightn’ Texas Aggie Class of ’96.
Jason P. Talley is Chief Technology Officer of JSSI, with responsibility for digital product development and implementation of technology within JSSI and across its product portfolio. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of SierraTrax, which was acquired by JSSI in 2021. In addition, he is Chairman of Baker’s Burgers, a Southern California quick service restaurant chain with 1400 employees and 39 locations and a partner in Crumbl Cookie franchises in Orange County, California. As an aviation entrepreneur, Jason also founded JetFuelX, an aerospace company that enabled advanced fuel analytics and efficiencies for business aircraft. JetFuelX was acquired by ForeFlight, LLC (now a Boeing Company) in 2015. Jason has also served on the Board of Bendix-King, a division of Honeywell, where he developed AeroWave and led the initial prototype and development of AeroVue. He continues to advise multiple aerospace companies on technology and product development. He has also founded and operated technology companies in Internet infrastructure and computational computing, and is active in investing in, and consulting with both startups and mature technology companies. Previously he served on the board of Mylo, an electronic insurance marketplace startup as well as several charities, including Angel Flight West and is an active board member of Citation Jet Pilots Association.
Jason received his B.S. in Mathematics from MSSU, his J.D. from the University of Missouri and is licensed to practice law in California, Missouri and Kansas. He is an Airline Transport rated pilot and a Certified Multi-Engine Instrument Flight Instructor and currently flies a Cessna Citation, Citabria, Husky and R66 helicopter. He is married to Lily, his wife of 24 years, and they have two boys.
Tracy Leopold leads the North America Service Centers for Textron Aviation. In this role, she oversees all North American Service Center operations and team. Her strong product expertise, customer focus and drive for continuous improvement positively impacts customers’ experience and confidence in aftermarket support, including direct service programs.
Prior to this role, Tracy was the director of Global Part Sales. During this time, she led a team of sales and data analysts that was responsible for sales particularly with Special Missions, rotables and commercial parts.
With more than 20 years’ experience with Textron Aviation, Tracy has served in roles of increasing responsibility within Marketing, Sales, Aftermarket and Parts & Programs. Throughout her tenure, she has been able to build trust and credibility with customers to support them whether it is in sales, parts or maintenance.
Tracy has a strong passion for aviation and has completed solo for her Private Pilot License.
Mr. Sperley is a Vice President at Textron Aviation, Inc., where he has leadership responsibility for both new and pre-owned aircraft sales in the northern U.S. and Canada. Steve began his Textron career in 2005 at Textron Financial, where he held various positions of increasing responsibility.
Steve learned to fly from his grandfather and currently holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate with experience in all recent production Citation’s. Additionally, he holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Portland State University.
Steve currently resides in Oregon with his wife Myra, two young daughters, and two permanently adolescent dogs. Together they enjoy snow sports, hiking, horses, and fly-fishing.
Creighton Scarpone joined Garmin in 2013 and has held several positions within aviation sales and marketing and aviation engineering business development. He previously served as manager, aviation aftermarket sales, where he was responsible for Garmin’s aftermarket aviation sales activity in North and South America. Creighton currently leads Garmin’s global air transport/commercial business pursuits as well as Garmin’s aftermarket business aviation activities. He was appointed to his current role in August, 2017.
Prior to joining Garmin, Creighton held various trading positions at the Chicago Board of Trade, with a focus on interest rate derivative products. Creighton has also served in various capacities in his father’s wealth management firm and continues to maintain his securities licenses. Creighton graduated with a bachelor’s in Economics and Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point where he also captained the men’s varsity hockey team. Creighton has amassed over 2,000 flight hours, is a private pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings and is CE-525S type rated. He is partners with his family in a Cessna CitationJet and is also a CJP owner-member. Creighton resides in Overland Park, Kansas with his wife Michelle, daughter Elise and their dogs Scout and Maddie.
Andrew Broom joined NBAA in July 2021 as senior vice president, strategy, marketing and innovation.
His responsibilities include leading the association’s strategic and innovative initiatives to broaden and enhance the NBAA brand, expanding the member/customer base and generating significant revenue from current and future products and services. This includes developing strategic alliance opportunities, creating business opportunities for the association relevant to business aviation and providing innovative strategy perspectives to enhance existing programs, products and services. Broom is responsible for creating the strategic direction and ensuring the successful execution for NBAA’s marketing, membership and sponsorship programs.
Prior to joining NBAA, Broom served as CEO of the Citation Jet Pilots Association (CJP). Under his leadership, the organization nearly doubled its membership while almost tripling its industry partnerships, expanding its portfolio of member benefits, strengthening its safety and advocacy initiatives and enhancing its annual convention and regional events.
Prior to his work at CJP, Broom held leadership positions several with general aviation companies and associations. He led worldwide marketing and communications efforts for Honda Aircraft Company from 2012 – 2016, during the launch of the HondaJet, and also served as vice president of communications and outreach at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).
Previously, he held positions with Hawker Beechcraft, Eclipse Aviation and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
Broom earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science and an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He also completed flight training through certified flight instructor, instrument instructor.