September 29, 2007 – Josh Stewart of XJet
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Today, I’d also like to throw out there, I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately and I want to say that I want to hear about your dreams. As entrepreneurs, I think that before you start any business, with the dream you need a huge dream. The bigger the dream, I think, the more likely you’re going to be successful. So, my dream is to make this broadcast the most inspirational startup broadcast in the country and perhaps the world. Think about it folks. If you have a good story, you have a good dream, what’s your inspiration? Please give us a call at 303-713-7600. While we get into the show, I want to say that this week’s guest is Josh Stewart and he’s the founder and CEO of XJet Club, and you can find it at xjetworld.com. XJet is the result of Josh’s lifelong dream to create a unique brand recognized worldwide for its genuine people, passion to serve, and commitment to build a bright beacon that inspires others to live their life and dreams.
His passion for flying led him to Africa where he flew on peace and release missions for the International Red Cross, the United Nations, and U.S. State Department. Josh has over 15 years of aviator experience and has logged more than 5000 flight hours as a military bush and commercial-rated pilot in both helicopters and jet aircraft. He has held many roles in aviation, including Chief Pilot, Director of Operations, and in addition to setting up the first air service in Sudan. Josh was born in Ireland and is a graduate of London University’s Queen Mary College. He is committed to inspiring and educating youth through aviation. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Alliance for Choice and Education, Colorado Uplift, and Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. Josh works closely with Sungate Kids, Denver Public Schools, Denver Street Schools, and Morgan Adams Foundation, encouraging them to reach for the stars. Josh, how are you today?
Josh: I am absolutely brilliant. Thank you very much for inviting me on your show.
Rob: You know you’re more than welcome. So, it sounds like you’ve done a whole lot. What is your story?
Josh: It sounds like a lot when you read it there condensed. I had pretty much the same story as anyone growing up with the big dream. I grew up in Belfast, Ireland, and I think sitting in the classrooms there, looking out the window and seeing all the helicopters-things weren’t quite as peaceful then as they are now. I think looking up and seeing the helicopters, I just sort of had an innate dream to become a pilot without really realizing that. I went to the university on the first day, I got into the cockpit of an aircraft, and it was love at first sight for sure.
Rob: Interesting. Many of the audience might not know that I actually spent some time in Ireland myself. I finished my undergrad over there in 1997 and been to Belfast a few times and it’s kind of interesting because the RUC helicopters actually, in the British military helicopters at that time, would actually just hover over the city…
Josh: All day, 24/7.