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The Jet Linx Denver Team. Photo by Andrew Kowalyshyn
In an age when corporate boards are sensitive about owning an airplane, Jet Linx has a solution. The company manages and maintains the planes and hires the pilots. The team brings in members to utilize hours on jets and manage costs. It’s simple for members and great for owners. It’s fun and has a club feel. (The company partners with ClubCorp and YPO.)
The economics of filling seven to eight seats and the convenience makes sense for business or recreation flights. But, it’s not always a function of money. Time is critical for a competitive edge in business and the possibility of visiting three cities in a day or having precious time with family. Educating the traveler is the key to understanding cost effectiveness.
Membership is private and kept very quiet. Successful women enjoy this elite experience as well. Even when a husband and wife join, each spouse receives a membership card with identical privileges, including a thoughtfully and beautifully appointed lounge, conference area, conference room with Wi-Fi capability, full bar and specialty coffees. Boarding a plane is such a comfortable, familiar and pleasant experience here.
The company’s tagline is “Your Personal Jet Company” and lives up to that promise. A high level of concierge service is emphasized every step of the way with the model being flexibility and an aircraft available when the member requests. The hallmark of the company is local – local base, local clients, local client services, local facilities and local presence. The “mother ship” is in Omaha with additional bases besides Denver in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, San Antonio, St. Louis and Scottsdale.
With all the company perks, safety is Priority One. Jet Linx is a leader in the industry for safety having earned the Platinum Level by ARG/US industry standards company, ranking them in the Top 2 percent in the world. All its pilots are CAE SimuFlite or FlightSafety International trained.
Nancy, who sometimes accompanies the Prayer One flights, and Jeff Puckett. Photo by Richard Godin
His staff refers to Jeff Puckett as its secret weapon –well known and respected in the community, which helps with the expansion of the base.
“We are most proud of keeping people happy,” said Puckett. “We are also proud of our business and life philosophy – Do The Unexpected.”
He founded Jet Linx Denver at the end of 2010 and became its managing partner and CEO. He also founded USAERO in 1998, specializing in new aircraft sales and reseller of Mooney, Aviat, Diamond, Waco and Extra Aircraft products serving pilots and aircraft owners in six states. In addition to being a jet-rated airplane and helicopter pilot, he is a competitive and award-winning aerobatic pilot. His goals of perfection have earned him an induction into the “Living Legends of Aviation” “It’s like the Academy Awards of our industry,” said Puckett about the annual meeting in Beverly Hills joining the likes of John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Kurt Russell and Morgan Freeman. He also won the first Harrison Ford Legacy of Aviation Award presented in 2011. In addition, he is chair of the board of Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum and was on the Craig Hospital board.
The Prayer One helicopter. Photo by Kathy Hartzler
Faith-based flights – Prayer One ministries
A believer of paying his blessings forward, Puckett established Prayer One ministry in 2005 using his Bell 407 helicopter as the messenger. The yellow craft has buzzed over Denver on Monday mornings carrying over 5,000 people – at-risk youth, leaders to see the city without boundaries and encouraging interfaith work and bonding. (He has flown Cripps and Bloods gang members together in the same ‘copter.) With Puckett as a volunteer pilot, more than 135 groups have been flown in the last year including SWAT and reconnaissance missions for the Sheriff’s Department. And yes, there is a prayer on board, before each lift off. And yes, his only request of his passengers – is to pay it forward.
Jet Linx is a Diamond Sponsor for the Fourth Annual Flight To Luxury, a red carpet hangar
party staged by Presenting Sponsor Cuvée Ventures on Friday, Sept. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. The gala will benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.
For more information about Jet Linx located on the south side of Centennial Airport, visit www.jetlinx.com or call 303-762-1033.
Prayer One helicopter ride with 7-year-old student Paul Deferse from Sun Valley Youth Center. The tutoring, mentoring and support system with a mission of “Empowering youth to reach their God-given potential” has seen astonishing transformations during its 12 years of serving Denver’s at-risk youth. Photo by Kathy Hartzler
The well-appointed lounge in the 5,100 square foot private terminal. Photo by Dana Miller
Evening view from the Jet Linx deck. Photo by Dana Miller
Jet Linx Denver President and CEO Jeff Puckett at his special aviator desk in front of livng, moving art the 600-gallon aquarium he named “My Sushi”. Photo by Scottie Taylor Iverson
The Pucketts’ son Chase just received his rotocraft private pilot check – now two helicopter pilots are in the family. Photo by Dennis Pierce
Jan Top and Susanna Cohen, broker associates with Your Castle Real Estate’s new Premier Division located in southeast DenverPhoto by Tommy Collier
Jan Top and Susanna Cohen recently earned their Accredited Luxury Home Specialist designations. Luxury Home Specialist agents are members of an elite group of exceptional real estate professionals dedicated to their professionalism. These high caliber agents subscribe to the Luxury Home Council’s strict guidelines that demonstrate the agent’s expertise in this highly demanding segment of the marketplace.
Both Top and Cohen are broker associates with Your Castle Real Estate, members of the National Association of Realtors and South Metro Denver Realtors Association. Top was voted a Five Star Real Estate Professional by 5280 Magazine. Cohen has her GRI designation and has been marketing custom homes since 2001. The recent Denver Business Journal ranking of the largest realty firms in the Denver area ranked Your Castle as No. 3 among non-franchises for transaction volume.
For more information, visit www.DenverGolfHomes.com or www.TopAndCohen.com or Jan: 720-341-9896 or Susanna: 303-880-4700.
Aysum Tekin, Regina Serna and Meltem Yilmazturk of Coquette Boutique in Cherry Creek North during the auction party. Photos courtesy of Coquette Boutique
Breast cancer touched Coquette Boutique owner Meltem Yilmazturk recently and she wanted to help. Her best friend was diagnosed earlier this year and one of her employees was a survivor. Coquette Boutique established The Bra Project to boost awareness and generate funds donated to Sense of Security and the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation.
Inspired by The Mask Project, Meltem gathered 12 survivors who each decorated a bra that best fit her personality with an attached story about she overcame her battle with cancer. The bras were then available for bidding and 100 percent of the proceeds went to the two charities.
“The project was a huge success, the works of art were amazing and we couldn’t have asked for a better outcome our first year,” said Meltem. “Our artists included Sue Miller, Keri Christiansen, Anne Fanganello, Jobe Koren and others.”
Coquette Boutique is located at 3003 East Third Avenue in Cherry Creek.
Breast cancer survivor Keri Christiansen selected the CU Buffalos as her theme.
The black “BRA-leasque” created by breast cancer survivor Anne Fanganello, owner/president of AnnaFesta women’s clothing
The award-winning Fashion Group International of Denver revealed its RISING STAR preliminary winners in 10 categories.
They are: Bridal Evening – Deedee and Jason Vicory, D’Lola Couture; Women’s Ready-To-Wear – Anne Fanganello, Anna Festa; Carol Ann Wachter, Carol Ann Wachter Designs and Rachel Marie Hurst, Rae Marie; Men’s Ready To Wear – Jung Park, MetroBoom; Active/Outdoor Wear – Jan Erickson, Janska; Children’s Wear – Vicki Sigg, Pixie Girl; Accessories – Susan Dillon, Kitty Mae Millinery and Ashlee Coln, Cheeky aprons; Floral/Fragrance – Arthur Williams, Arthur Williams Design at Babylon Floral; Contemporary Jewelry – Sarah Gregori, Dear Margot; Retail Experience – Vanessa Barcus, Goldyn and Melissa and Jeremy Oster, Oster Jewelers; Interior Design – Pam Kelker, Castles Home Décor.
THE RISING STAR 2013 will be chosen by a panel of industry professional judges and announced at the RISING STAR runway gala at McNichols Civic Center on Sept. 8. For more information, visit ww.RisingStarDenver.org.
In front and center – Vanessa Barcus, middle row: Sarah Gregori, Deedee Vicory, Jan Erickson and Susan Dillon, back row: Melissa Oster, Pam Kelker, Ashlee Coln and Carol Ann Wachter (Those not pictured mentioned below.)
Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Sharpe, Rep. Kathleen Conti, former Rep. Ken Summers and former state Rep. Cindy Acree. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Patricia and Brian Watson welcomed Secretary of State Scott Gessler to their serene Greenwood Village mini ranch. Gessler addressed the outdoor audience who had enjoyed a barbeque replete with badger meat.
“I have been an attorney for 10 years and I love being secretary of state. I’d like to think I’m a fresh voice from what we’ve had in the past. We need to raise friends and raise funds. Our views work. We need to keep this great thing going and inspire future generations. We need to make Colorado a beacon for freedom, opportunity and liberty. We don’t need to change our principles, just articulate why they are better. The top three issues in Colorado are: Economy (we’re doing OK, but we should be great), Education and Public Safety. If people pay attention, we can win this race.”
Jeffco Chair for Scott Gessler, Judy Markel with badger chef and Arapahoe County Chair for Scott Gessler Ron Michel and his wife Patti.
Former state Sen. Nancy Spence, Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman and Gayle Novak
At the last meeting before the organization’s summer hiatus, Cherry Creek Republican Women members and guests were treated to a presentation by Colorado Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, who was humorous, informative and complimentary of his friend and former colleague Nancy Spence.
“I’ve never seen Nancy look more relaxed. Not having her there is a huge loss to the Senate. She was the hardest worker, cared more and honored her constituents. She is a reason there should not be term limits,” Cadman said.
When asked if he had any good news about the last legislative session, Cadman said, “It was a tough session and do you have any doubt where this governor stands?
“When you are sworn in to the Senate, you take a solemn oath to uphold the Colorado Constitution, serve the ideals upon which that Constitution was founded and take that oath willingly, freely and sincerely. Maybe the Hippocratic Oath should be taken as well – first: Do No Harm…
Linda Tweedy, Arapahoe County Clerk & Recorder Matt Crane, Andrea Sedlosky and Laurett Barrentine
“People are starting to pay attention – the Dems are overreaching,” he continued and addressed the topics of education, health, elections and recalls. On education, he remarked that the billion-dollar tax increase barely addresses the deficiencies that won’t be fixed with new money. Health is one of the most expensive undertakings and the Medicaid expansion cannibalizes other programs. On the gun bills there is lots of debate.
“God bless our sheriffs for standing up,” he said.
There are plenty of bills attacking the oil and gas industry.
“As for elections, the Republicans need to pick up three seats. Recalls have not been used much until recently. Senate President John Morse has two times the number of signatures needed. The Dems seem to forget it is our seat, not your seat. We need to embrace the values of Republicans, not change what it means to be a Republican and just get marginally better at a few things. We need not to let the Dems market who we are but sell the truth.”
He encouraged the audience to visit www.Coloradansforanewmajority.com.
Carol Waller and Dave Kerber
David Dorly representing American Conservativesof Color and Sherrie Gibson with Joan and Paul Beninati. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Powerhouse list of speakers address guests
By Scottie Taylor Iverson
Arapahoe County Republicans Chair Joy Hoffman emceed the party’s Annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the remodeled Denver Marriott Tech Center. Her theme was weaving a tapestry holding the country’s, the state’s and the party’s beliefs together. A powerhouse lineup of speakers included Congressman Cory Gardner, Congressman Mike Coffman and California Congressman Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.
The warm, humorous and terrific communicator – McCarthy shared his early experiences in California saying he was one of the state’s first lottery winners. By age 19, he was an entrepreneur, stressing the importance of taking risks, and in two years paid for all his college tuition. McCarthy ran for Congress in 2006. For 2010, his job was to recruit candidates. That election saw 63 Democrat incumbents defeated. In that same year, someone had the gall to suggest the Republican Party change its name.
Congressman Cory Gardner (4th CD including eastern Arapahoe County), California Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Arapahoe County’s own U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman
“I’m from Bakersfield,” said McCarthy. “There are simple rules. There is no better time to explain the differences between the Republican Party and this administration. We have 30 governors. We believe in the Constitution and upholding it.”
Referring to President Ronald Reagan’s comment about America in his farewell address as “the shining city on the hill,” McCarthy said, “ Our task is to join together, climb that hill one more time and make the light shine brighter. The world is changing and we must change how we deliver our message. Less freedom means less opportunity. We still have the largest economy in the world, the greatest military in the world and we are the greatest nation in the world because of what we give to others – freedom. We have a country worth fighting for and are blessed that we can become energy independent. Leading from behind creates world problems.”
Congressman McCarthy made a point of further emphasizing the importance of communication. In the category of Top 5 Politicians on Instagram, he is ranked No. 1 with President Obama in the No. 2 spot.
“It’s about communicating with the American people and creating an open dialogue,” McCarthy said.
Secretary of State Scott Gessler and Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Sharpe (standing) with Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky and LaFawn Biddle (seated)
John Brackney, standing in for Brian Vogt, presented the Dorothy Vogt Award to former Sen. Nancy Spence who continues to do volunteer work and share what she gained in the legislature. Arapahoe County Republican Chair Joy Hoffman looks on.
Keynote speaker Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy with Arapahoe County Republicans chief Joy Hoffman, her husband Jim and their daughter Mattie
State Sen. David Balmer, who conducted the live auction, visited with Peter Dimond and David Rich
Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon and husband Jim
18th Judicial District DA George Brauchler
Colorado Republican Party Chair Ryan Call and Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
One of the youngest Republicans in attendance – Ryan Wills, student body president of Kiowa High School, with State Republican Party Treasurer Christine Mastin and Arapahoe County Assessor Corbin Sakdol
Lincoln Dinner Chairs: Karen Blilie, Mary Wenke and Andi Allott made sure the multi-faceted evening including live and silent auctions ran smoothly.
Marlene Siegel, Rich Sokol – South Metro Fire Rescue Authority Board and Linda Fankboner
CU Regent Emeritus Norwood Robb and wife Barbara
Centennial City Council Candidate Kathy Turley, Hon. Tom Tancredo and Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Doty
Marolyn Scheffel with Arapahoe County Republican Party District 4 Captain Rita Hyland
Edie and Mort Marks with Jay and Kristina Davidson
Eric Weissmann, State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, Freida Sands and Rick Bernheim
FGI Denver Program Co-Chairs Cynthia Petrus and Stephanie Ohnmacht with Neiman Marcus Denver’s fashionable Public Relations Director Nancy Sagar and VP, General Manager Christel Dikeman. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
For the third time, Neiman Marcus hosted the DVD Trends report for the award-winning Fashion Group International of Denver. Hors d’oeuvres and wine were served prior to the DVD that revealed fall fashion trends from the runways of New York, Milan, Paris and London. Entertaining and educational narration was by FGI New York’s own Marylou Luther, fashion writer and editor of the award-winning International Fashion Syndicate.
The production of this valuable piece of creative fashion communication is estimated at more than $750,000. This is just one of the many benefits of membership in the global nonprofit of fashion industry professionals numbering 5,000.
FGI Denver Board Member Linda Fankboner and Butler Rents’ Bernie Brown
FGI Denver Regional Director Carol Engel-Enright with Eloise Wagers and Karen Billings, Ann Taylor/Cherry Creek.
Regional Director-Elect Sharlene Douthit with her guest Senaiet Mesgun
Visionary and Design Director of Lafayette 148 New York was recently in town at Nordstrom/Park Meadows to promote the Spring/Summer Collection, pose for photos with loyal clients and supply fashion advice to eager followers. The collection offered eclectic detail with sleek city style. Wilkerson draws his inspiration from countries around the world.
Edward Wilkerson with a model wearing the citrus sensation color of the season – prevalent at Lafayette
It was a spirited coffee at Denver Country Club when The Harvard Women’s Studies in Religion Program Colorado Steering Committee hosted Dr. Karen King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard. Her topic: “Was Jesus Married? Early Christian Controversies over Marriage, Celibacy and Salvation.”
King is at the center of the current discussion over whether Jesus had a wife with recently discovered and translated ancient Christian writing from Egypt. On the screen was an enlargement of the three-inch piece of papyrus that carries the message hinting of the possibility of a wife. King presented a fascinating translation and fielded questions from the audience.
Guest speaker – groundbreaking scholar Dr. Karen King, Program Co-Chairs Linda Bowen Scott and Marie Whiteside, who had reams of paper extolling the scholarly accomplishments of King for her introduction; philanthropists Arlene Hirschfeld and Lynda Goldstein who are on the Dean’s Council and spearhead the WSRP Colorado Steering Committee
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