GrowFL has named Elite Jets as a 2021 Company to Watch as the charter air service continues to experience unprecedented growth fueled by post-pandemic business and leisure travel.
Elite Jets, a Naples-based company founded in 2016, is among 50 fast-growing businesses being honored by GrowFL, which announced 2021 honorees on Oct. 5 and will formally recognize winners during a Feb. 17 awards celebration.
“There are tens of thousands of successful, Florida-based businesses across the state, so it’s an exceptional honor to be declared a ‘Company to Watch,’” said Stephen Myers, executive vice president at Elite Jets. “Over the past five years, we have focused on safety while creating a premier travel experience. Naples and Southwest Florida have proven to be an ideal home for Elite Jets, and we’re excited about what the future holds for our company.”
The Edward Lowe Foundation developed GrowFL’s Companies to Watch program to honor second-stage businesses across Florida that are developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities and broadening new industries. GrowFL defines second-stage companies as those having six to 150 full-time employees and annual revenues of $750,000 to $100 million. In addition to evaluating past growth and projected success, judges also evaluated companies’ special strengths and impact in their markets, communities and within the state, thus deeming them worth watching.
“This group of honorees represents 20 counties, 20 different industries and almost 50% of them are women, veteran or minority-owned,” said Lisa McIntosh, chair of the Companies to Watch program and founder of C-E-Optimal Advisors. “They have demonstrated notable growth and have the courage and tenacity it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Despite the challenges thrown their way and pivoting through a pandemic, these companies embody the unshakeable resiliency of Florida’s entrepreneurs.”
Despite the pandemic, the 50 honorees project continued growth in 2021, with a 62% revenue increase and 49% growth in employees compared to 2020. If their projections hold, these 50 companies will have generated $1.7 billion in revenue and added more than 1,500 employees over the last five years – a 263% increase in revenue and a 206% increase in jobs since 2017.
Elite Jets operates from a private terminal at Naples Airport. The company’s fleet includes four Embraer Phenom 300 jets, one Embraer Legacy 500 jet and a Bell 407 helicopter, and it also provides management services for a Hawker 850XP jet. Elite Jets serves affluent business and leisure passengers traveling to destinations across North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean.
For more information or to book a flight, please visit EliteJets.com or call 239-900-9000.
About Elite Jets Charters
Founded in 2016, Elite Jets is a premier, safety-focused charter aircraft service that serves destinations across the U.S. and abroad. Elite Jets’ fleet includes four Phenom 300s, one Legacy 500 and a Bell 407 helicopter, as well as management of a Hawker 850XP. The company’s Embraer luxury jets are well-suited for business and leisure travelers while offering an eco-friendly, best-in-class carbon footprint. Elite Jets maintains an Argus Platinum Rating, a prestigious safety and quality designation earned by just 5% of charter operators nationwide. The company also is registered with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (ISBAO), a set of industry-leading best practices, and the WYVERN safety data network, which displays its Safety Intelligence Report and regulatory compliance information. Elite Jets also offers aircraft management services, which include providing pilots, training, maintenance, fleet insurance, scheduling and additional services. Passengers enjoy concierge-level service from Elite Jets’ new private terminal at the Naples Airport, 125 Aviation Drive South in Naples. Charter flights and empty leg flights are available. For more information, please visit EliteJets.com or call 239-900-9000.