Chad J. Verdaglio is the president Sawyer Aviation Group, a full-service aviation company based in the Scottsdale Airpark that has been in operation for 61 years. The company specializes in luxury private jet charters, operates a premier flight academy and transports organ transplant teams across the western U.S. Learn about Chad J. Verdaglio…
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ.
First job: Washing cars at the family business
Favorite ways to spend your free time in AZ: Hiking in Sedona is one of my favorite activities. I recently discovered the Subway Cave trail, a must see.
Your biggest accomplishment and why: Successfully navigating the company through the great recession. It was a difficult time that wiped out a lot of our competitors. Getting through to where we are today required a lot of sacrifice, and I had to prioritize what really mattered. I am so proud of the company we’ve built and how we pivoted and survived.
The biggest obstacle you overcame: It was definitely the recession and then more recently – the challenges we’ve faced keeping organ transplant flights moving during the pandemic.
Someone who inspires you and why: Elon Musk. To have accumulated massive wealth from PayPal and then putting it all on the line to invest in multiple other successful endeavors. He believed in something, had the vision to implement it and see it through.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Have a passion for it, or make sure you’re pursuing something you’re passionate about. The tough days will come. A desire for success will never be enough to endure what the road ahead will bring – you also need passion and persistence. Specifically working in aviation, it is important to have a passion for continuously learning and to be open to suggestions for improvement. Someone is always watching. Even if it’s just yourself, make yourself proud.
Favorite quote: “If you give more than you get, you will get more than you give.”
Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I’m a terrible singer but a pretty good cook, especially on the grill.
What makes someone fabulous: A person’s vision, drive, strength and dedication to pursue a goal.