Diane Levine-Wilson

JETNET iQ Summit 2013

IMG_1562I just got back from our 3rd annual JETNET iQ Summit. Having had a few hours to clear my head and reflect on the event, I want to share my thoughts with you.

Utmost to all who attended was how we see the future of our industry. The presentation by Rolland Vincent about JETNET iQ’s survey results addressed just that issue. Our iQ (intelligence quarterly if you were curious), is as close to the magic bullet that we are all seeking for our business planning. I can’t say enough about the standout results we get from our industry surveys. They are direct results of person-to-person contacts by our JETNET researchers in five different languages to operators all over the world.

The Venue: The summit was held at the “W” Hotel in midtown Manhattan, what a beautiful setting it was. Convenient too. Our evening reception in the Great room provided a comfortable gathering spot. We added the special touch of serving a signature cocktail called an “Aviator”. Don’t ask me what it contained, but any pilot hoping to fly within a few hours certainly should not drink it.

The main event took place the following day. We had a line up of guest speakers and moderators made up of the most successful and influential names in our industry. We also invited speakers from a broader range of interest to our attendees. Economist Brian Beaulieu, who is always a voice of truth and reason, and David Friedman, president of Wealth X showing us his unique approach to defining and finding high net worth individuals.

We then got into the nitty gritty of our aviation special interest sections. Financial Markets moderated by Michael Amalfitano, Banc of America, and panelists included Donald Synborski, RBS Citizens, Ford Von Weise, Citi Private Bank, Tom Taormina, PNC, David Labrozzi, GECC, and Mike Kahman, CIT.

OEM’s moderated by Bill Garvey, panelists included Paul Floreck, Dassault Falconjet, Brant Dahlfors, Bombardier, Bob Knebel, Embraer, Scott Neal, Gulfstream, and Rob Scholl, Cessna. And Business Aircraft Brokers and Operators, moderated by Wilson Leach. Panelists included John Grillo, Executive Fliteways, Marius Breitenbach, Execujet, Rene Banglesdorf, Charlie Bravo Aviation, and Bruce Peddle, Flexjet.

The questions and comments were robust, concerns about the industry’s recovery was front and center. And everyone availed themselves of the networking opportunities.

We wrapped up the day with a closing reception with dim sum and a jazz band.

To learn more about the full scope of JETNET iQ reports you can contact Rolland Vincent at 972-439-2069 or Paul Cardarelli at 800-553-8638X254