Denise Wilson, director

I was an oboist and music educator when I decided to take flying lessons as a hobby.  I became a commercial pilot-turned-accidental entrepreneur to grow a five-time Inc. 500 company, and one of the 50 fastest-growing, women-owned businesses globally, in a traditionally-male dominated industry.

With only 5% of the nation’s pilots being women, and an even smaller percentage of women who have been promoted to a cockpit leadership role, built an aviation business or led one as CEO, it was a lonely journey with many naysayers who said I could not succeed.  But I did.

My story has lessons for anyone who has ever felt that the cards were stacked against you from the beginning, for anyone that needs help with learning how to bounce back after failure, or for those that know they have the ability to accomplish something great, but are “stuck”.

After exiting my businesses, I enjoy helping others on similar journeys by sharing the lessons that I learned along the way that made a difference in my success.  In addition, I am in high demand as a jet aircraft broker and acquisition consultant, specializing in assisting buyers who are new to jet ownership or need high-touch assistance with starting up operations.