By Rob Finfrock
The first day session of the 2015 CJP Annual Convention began with a rousing welcome from the Harrison High School Panther Marching Band. Director Keith Bisaillon led the band in renditions of the Canadian and U.S. national anthems, followed by a dramatic drum line guaranteed to jolt even the weariest attendees wide-awake.
CJP Chairman Mark Aloe noted that about 400 people were in attendance, with between 105-110 aircraft parked on the ramp at nearby Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS). “This is going to be the most successful annual meeting and convention we’ve ever had,” Aloe added. “That said, we’ve had a couple of bumps in the road, and we’ve been open and transparent about that.”
Copies of CJP’s financial records were made available to all attendees (the Form 990 disclosure is also available in the owner’s-only section of www.citationjetpilots.com) with CJP Treasurer Tracy Forrest providing an overview of the past year.
“We spent more money than we have in the past, with bringing additional staff on [CJP executive director Jon “Huggy” Huggins, and CJP FuelAdvantage Director Scott Severen],” Forrest noted. “We’ve also spent money to bring CJP FuelAdvantage online and to bring you a bigger and better convention.
“Overall, it looks like we’ll break even for the year,” he continued. “Also, as FuelAdvantage gains additional, paid members, in about three years or so we expect that will really provide some additional funds.”
Board Elections and President’s Report
The CJP Member Meeting also included the election of two new directors to the CJP Board: Randy Broiles and Marc Dulude, succeeding Larry Stoddard and Howard Tobin.
“The Board of Directors is excited about the technical expertise and organizational know how that Randy and Marc bring to the table, and their input will be critical as we continue to chart a course to bring even more benefits and value to the CJP membership,” noted CJP Director Russell Boyd, chairman of the Board’s Nominating Committee.
Returning directors Tracy Forrest and Miller were also reelected to new terms. Boyd also announced the recent appointment of JetFuelX founder Jason Talley as an Industry Representative on the Association’s Board of Directors, where he will provide expertise on a variety of industry matters.
“Jason brings an invaluable knowledge base to the table,” added Boyd.
Next, David Miller provided a brief overview of his activities over the past year. “My job has been to do everything I can to help integrate Huggy as the face of our organization,” Miller noted. “You can imagine that leading an organization of 400 egomaniacs is very challenging, and I think our board has done a great job doing that.”
Miller also thanked CJP’s valued Partners. “Frankly we wouldn’t be where we are today without their support,” he said of the organization’s sponsors. “Many of them have been with us from the very beginning; even when they really shouldn’t have, back when CJP was just 12 guys in a bar with an outline on a napkin. When you think about all the things these companies do, they’ve really earned the first shot to earn your business.”
Despite a number of new projects for the organization in 2015 and the years ahead, Miller reassured Members that the fundamental core of CJP would never be altered. “CJP will always be about a group of dedicated owner/pilots for Citation aircraft, and that’s still our focus even as we branch out into other endeavors,” he added.