David Bassett, Amerijet CEO, Named as 2013 Wright Brothers Memorial Award Recipient

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Prestigious 2013 Wright Brothers Memorial Award given to David Bassett, Founder and CEO of Amerijet International.

Amerijet International, Inc.

Bassett was recognized as the Founder and CEO of Amerijet, a Miami-based carrier with an impressive history of community involvement.

David Bassett, Founder and CEO of Amerijet International, was the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Wright Brothers Memorial Award. The trophy is awarded annually for a lifetime contribution to commercial aviation safety.

Bassett received the silver trophy cup with the engraved names of past Wright Brothers Memorial Award winners during the Annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet, which benefits the Association's Batchelor Aviation Scholarship Fund (formerly the Grover Loening Scholarship Fund). Past recipients of the award included such notable pioneers as George T. Baker, George Batchelor, Frank Borman, L.B. "Bud" Maytag, Curtiss H. Pitts, John Paul Riddle, Col. Rockwell, Fran Sargent and Gordon Bethune. Among the most recent past recipients are Fred Smith, Fed Ex, Founder and CEO, David Storch, President of AAR, German Efromovich, President of TACA, Jose Abreu, Director of MDAD, Ben Quevedo, President of Aero Technologies and Mansour Rasnavad, CEO of Florida West.

Bassett was recognized as the Founder and CEO of Amerijet, a Miami-based carrier with an impressive history of community involvement. With close to 1000 employees nationwide, Amerijet never forgets its roots. The company has been a strong supporter of GMAA, ISTAT and a long list of area relief campaigns, holiday donations, the GMAA scholarship program and more.

In 2007, David Bassett was the recipient of the Juan Trippe Award. This award recognizes the significant contributions made by an individual to the development of international aviation.

About the Wright Brothers Memorial Award
The Greater Miami Aviation Association Wright Brothers Memorial Award is the most prestigious of the GMAA's awards. The GMAA originated in 1927, as a pioneering Miami-based Florida focused civil aviation advocacy group. Today the association’s membership and activities concentrate on advancing the aviation and aerospace community on a global scale. The Memorial Award parallels the growth and evolution of the organization. It is presented to an internationally distinguished industry leader whose substantial contribution to the aviation and aerospace community reflects the innovation, vision, conviction and admired business principles attributed to the positive impact and legacy upon aviation of the Wright Brothers.

About Amerijet International

Amerijet International, Inc. is a full-service multi-modal transportation and logistics provider, offering international, scheduled all-cargo transport via land, sea, and air. Florida-based Amerijet operates offices all over the world, serving destinations throughout the Americas, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Amerijet operates Boeing 727-200 and Boeing 767-200 aircraft from its primary hub at Miami International Airport, with 210,000-square-foot export and 100,000- square-foot imports air cargo handling facilities and a 50,000-square-foot ocean cargo facility. A custom-built 10,300 square-foot (227,419 cu. ft.) cooling facility was specially designed to maintain the cool chain integrity of perishables during the transportation process. In addition to the state-of–the-art design features, multiple pre-cooling systems, and 24-hour surveillance, the refrigerated storage space is subdivided into four climate-controlled chambers offering not only refrigerated, but frozen, and chilled storage. For additional information, visit Amerijet on the web at amerijet.com

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