Giving Back

A Passion for Helping Other’s Dreams Take Flight

I believe that the goal of every business should be to create solutions that help individuals, organizations, and society-at-large move forward. By providing long-term value to clients, my company will be rewarded with profits and sustainable relationships.

Each year that J. Elliot Marketing is successful in reaching its goals, the company will pay it forward by using a percentage of company proceeds in support of helping others reach their dreams. As a client you will not only receive ideas and implementation strategies to help your business take off, but you’ll also be supporting others to reach their dreams.

The Christine Reed Memorial Flight Scholarship

In Partnership with Women in Aviation International

J. Elliot Marketing in partnership with Women in Aviation International (WAI) offers a $2,500 flight training scholarship in memory of Christine Reed. Christine never completed her flight training. She loved airplanes and loved airports, and she attempted to become a private pilot. Christine passed away unexpectedly at the age of 31 and was never able to complete her flight training. Many pilots never forget their first “solo” because it’s such a momentous occasion in the process of becoming a pilot. It gives an aspiring pilot a great deal of confidence for overcoming all of the hurdles in the first stages of becoming a pilot. It sets the stage for an aspiring pilot to transition from student pilot to “solo” pilot to private pilot. And becoming a private pilot is the first major step towards a life in general aviation and/or becoming a professional pilot.

The Christine Reed Memorial Flight Scholarship is open to women ages 16-30 who have already soloed and are working towards their recreational, sport pilot, or private pilot certificate. Preference will be given to New Jersey, Illinois, and Arizona residents. Funds will be paid directly to the flight school of the recipient’s choice.

Background: The 11/11 CREED

11/11/11 was a very special day, not simply because of the obvious numerical symmetry nor for the fact that it’s Veteran’s day but rather for more personal reasons. November 11, 2011, would have been the 35th birthday of a dear friend, Christine Reed, who passed away two years earlier on October 20, 2009.

Christine never completed her flight training. She loved airplanes and loved airports, and she attempted to become a private pilot. However, she was never able to “solo.” Many pilots never forget their first “solo” because it’s such a momentous occasion in the process of becoming a pilot. It gives an aspiring pilot a great deal of confidence for overcoming all of the hurdles in the first stages of becoming a pilot. It sets the stage for an aspiring pilot to transition from student pilot to “solo” pilot to private pilot. And becoming a private pilot is the first major step towards a life in general aviation and/or becoming a professional pilot.

J. Elliot Marketing uses a percentage of its annual earnings and offers a contest to grant at aspiring pilots the opportunity to help fund their pilot training. This is an excellent way to pay it forward and also continue to pass on Christine’s spirit.

A person never truly dies until their spirit is completely forgotten and the last person who they’ve touched has perished. So long as we continue to keep the spirit alive, it continues to serve the world. Perhaps this minor step serves to inspire others to think of ways they can share their passions with the world and find ways to pay it forward.

If you’d like to support this cause and/or share ideas on how to make a difference in the lives of aspiring pilots, drop me a line.