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What Does It Take To Start And Grow An Airline? Yes! An Airline!: Co-founder & CEO, Andrew Schmertz, actually created an airline. YES! It’s called Hopscotch Air. And, he talks about the challenges of co-founding an airline and some of his amazing successes along the way. I especially like the story he tells about when he knew the culture of Hopscotch was developing into something that he is very proud of.
Name: Andrew Schmertz, Co-founder & CEO
Company: Hopscotch Air
Powerful Promise of Value: Hopscotch Air is the transformative, personal air limo service that is bringing sanity back to air travel
Headquartered In: Farmingdale, Long Island, New York
Significant Difference Between (Co) Founder & CEO: “The founder has to be an evangelist for the company…the transition to CEO is operational and detailed focused.”
Blind Spot: “The collection and analyzing of data.”
Favorite Resource for Productivity: Writing plans down
Favorite Resource that helps with the Founder to CEO role shift: Tough Calls From The Corner Office, Flying High: How JetBlue Founder and CEO David Neeleman Beats the Competition… Even in the World’s Most Turbulent Industry, Steve Jobs
Favorite Founders: Danny Meyer (Shake Shack), Richard Branson, Andrew Carnegie