CJP 2022: Celebrations, Thanks and Passing the Torch All Part of Convention’s Opening Session
As the saying goes, “everything’s bigger in Texas.” That axiom was apparent throughout the 2022 Citation Jet Pilots Association Annual Convention in Austin, TX.
From the number of Citations parked on the ramp at host FBO Cutter Aviation at Georgetown Executive Airport (GTU) to the crowd in attendance at Wednesday evening’s Welcome Reception, CJP 2022 felt like a record-breaking event from the start, and CJP CEO Trent Corcia confirmed those impressions at Thursday’s opening session.
“Our membership is over 1,400, we have more than 900 Citations in our database,” he said. “We also have a record convention year with more than 540 attendees. Thank you all for being part of that number.”
None of that would be possible without a stellar team, and Corcia thanked CJP Partner companies, the association’s Board of Directors and the Alberts family for organizing this year’s convention in typically smooth and professional fashion.
He also lauded CJP support staff, including the association’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Administrator, Cheryl Hardy; Liz Nixon, special projects manager; and Jonathan Pitcher, head of the association’s IT and web support.
Corcia also thanked the members of the newly-formed Companions Committee, whose efforts to improve the Companions experience were reflected in this year’s roster of Companion activities. These Companions are Cindy Broiles, Natalie Hill, Patty Miller, Michelle Olsta and Bonnie Samuelson.
Lastly, Corcia recognized outgoing CJP Chair Randy Broiles, with incoming Chair Mitch Januszewski presenting Broiles with a plaque in honor of his service to the association during the particularly trying times.
“I’m sure you had no idea what you’d in for when you took over the chairmanship of CJP two years ago,” said Januszewski. “You’ve done a fantastic job through several unforeseen circumstances – COVID, changes in management and all sorts of world-shaking events – and you’ve led the organization through it in a stellar fashion.”
“I came after many, many strong directors and chairs, and collectively we’ve taken CJP to where you see it today,” Broiles said. “CJP is going to be in great hands with Mitch. He is calm, cool and collected. He listens way more than he talks and he doesn’t miss much. When he needs to intervene, he’s not afraid of intervention.”
Broiles also thanked board members for their help. “Every one of them are passionate about CJP and about aviation,” he said. “And what I would also add is that to a person, when we have differences of opinion, they’re respectful [and] they get resolved. I really think we get to the right place with members’ interests at at top of mind, so I’m very, very proud to be associated with them.”
All photos by Stratton DV Imaging.