By Rob Finfrock

CJP-Russell Boyd-0116During the CJP Board of Directors’ annual meeting held during the 2016 CJP Convention in New Orleans, CJP President Russell Boyd (left) likened the past year “of progress and reorganization” to a somewhat bumpy climbout on departure, before telling attendees that “we’ve now broken out above the clouds, and are on our way to our destination in smoother skies.”

In addition to hiring a new Executive Director in Andrew Broom, the organization has also refocused its efforts towards greater advocacy yielding tangible benefits to members, he added, including working with OEMs on solutions to owner concerns.

“The value question comes up a lot, so I did a return on investment analysis for CJP membership,” Boyd said. “When you sign up at $300, you get a CAMP discount of 10 percent, and a $500 value for service through Cessna. You get $750 – or even better – in training certificates through TRU or FlightSafety. If you fill up just three times a year through our fuel program (CJP FuelAdvantage) and save 30 cents per gallon, you save $270.

CJP Executive Director Andrew Broom. Photo by Peter Stratton

CJP Executive Director Andrew Broom. Photo by Peter Stratton

“If you take just the financials, you’re looking at an 876% annual return on investment for your $300 membership fee,” he added. “If you think I was overzealous in my estimations, half it – 400 percent. Half it again, 200 percent. I challenge you to find something else in your life, other than your investment in time with your friends and family, which has that kind of return.”

Photo by Peter Stratton

Photo by Peter Stratton

Broom also spoke about his goals for the next year, focusing on plans to further increase that value proposition through “enhancing and growing CJP’s Partnerships, and growing the membership base. “We have the largest value proposition in Citation ownership, and every Citation owner should be a member,” he continued. “I will tell you that I am working for you, on behalf of you, and we have a great group of leaders on our Board.”

Photo by Peter Stratton

Photo by Peter Stratton

CJP’s overall financial health remains strong, as well. “This will be a successful convention, building on a successful year,” said CJP Treasurer Tracy Forrest. The organization has also reached its goal of a two-year “disaster” cushion, ensuring CJP’s viability in the event of a significant, unforeseen economic impact event.

Photo by Peter Stratton

Photo by Peter Stratton

Among the events coming in 2017 will be the unveiling of a new and significantly improved website at www.citationjetpilots.com, a project spearheaded by CJP Director Jason Talley. And, of course, there’s the matter of the 2017 CJP Convention. That will take place Oct. 4-7, 2017 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, with Cutter Aviation at Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) serving as host FBO.