By Angel MedFlight Contributor
Seated on a stool under bright lights and with the video camera rolling, Angel MedFlight CEO Jeremy Freer answered questions about the company he started in 2007 with only five employees. Parked behind him in our airplane hangar was the company’s newest addition: a Cessna Citation X, the world’s fastest civilian aircraft. The glimmering jet is a symbol of Angel MedFlight’s growing success. And that success is the reason Freer was being interviewed on this occasion by Ernst & Young as a regional finalist for their 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
By recognizing Freer as a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year for the Mountain Desert Region, Ernst & Young sees the passion and vision Freer has. Freer decided to start his own company when he saw the need for a more efficient and patient-friendly way of air-transporting patients. A true innovator, Freer patented the One Touch Promise® in which Angel MedFlight handles every detail of a patient’s case from start to finish.
The new kid on the block during this video shoot was the Citation X, a twin-engine Cessna jet which will facilitate travel to destinations such as Hawaii, Africa and the Middle East. Now even more patients will be able to take advantage of our unparalleled air ambulance service and get to their designated medical facility faster than ever before.
The Citation X can climb to 51,000 feet and with its two Rolls-Royce turbo fan engines can reach speeds of Mach 0.935, which is just shy of the sound barrier.
Cessna introduced the Citation X in 1996, ten years after Ernst & Young began their Entrepreneur of the Year Awards program. The first program was held in Milwaukee and by the next year it was held in 11 cities across the United States. The program went international in 1993 and today it spans more than 140 cities in 50 countries.
According to the Ernst & Young website, over half of today’s top 100 NASDAQ companies have won Entrepreneur of the Year, and most were honored before they achieved top 100 status.
This year, Ernst & Young has received over 1600 entries from all over the U.S. Currently there are 25 regional award programs in the nation and Freer is one of 25 finalists in the Mountain Desert region which includes Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. The Entrepreneur of the Year from this region will be announced at an awards gala June 20 in Denver.