David Neeleman co-founded Morris Air, a low-fare charter airline, where he served as Executive Vice President until the company was acquired by Southwest Airlines for $130 million in 1993. After leaving Southwest, he founded JetBlue Airways – the most successful airline startup since deregulation. David then launched Azul, now a leading domestic airline in Brazil and the first airline in history to carry over 2 million passengers in its first year of operations.
In 1999, at the age of 24, Tony sold LinkExchange, the company he co-founded, to Microsoft for $265 million. He then joined Zappos.com as an advisor and investor, and eventually became CEO, where he helped grow the company from almost no sales to over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually, while simultaneously making Fortune Magazine’s annual ‘Best Companies to Work For’ list. In November 2009, Zappos.com, Inc. was acquired by Amazon.com in a deal valued at $1.2 billion on the day of closing. Tony is the best-selling author of Delivering Happiness and is currently leading the charge to reinvent downtown Las Vegas.
After spending twenty years on Wall Street following technology stocks Art Samberg founded Pequot Partners in 1986, when there were fewer than fifty hedge funds in existence. From an initial $3 million the fund complex grew to over $17 billion in 2000, making it the largest hedge fund in the world. Art closed Pequot in 2009, and established Hawkes Financial Services, a family office whose primary vehicle, Acadia Woods LLC, invests predominantly in technology based start-ups. He is a board member of Tri Alpha Energy and Chairman of JetSuite. He also serves on the Executive Committee of his alma mater, MIT, and also of the New York Presbyterian Hospital. He serves as Co-chair of Columbia Business School as well as on the boards of a number of not for profit organizations.
With over two decades of experience in creating highly innovative air carriers in ways that have improved air travel for millions, Alex Wilcox now serves as CEO of JetSuite – a private jet airline which launched operations in 2009. In co-founding JetSuite in 2006, Alex brought new technology and unprecedented value to an industry in dire need of it. JetSuite is a launch customer for the Embraer Phenom 100, an airplane twice as efficient and more comfortable than other jets performing its missions, as well as the JetSuite Edition CJ3 from Cessna. Also a founder of JetBlue, Alex was a driving force behind many airline industry changing innovations, including the implementation of LiveTV on board and all leather coach seating. Alex was also named a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute and is a member of the Southern California chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).