Jack Romero is an entrepreneur who through sheer determination and hard work achieved his goal - and his rags to riches story sets an inspirational tone for would-be entrepreneurs and successful business people alike.
Having escaped war-torn Beirut at 17 years old and arriving in the UK without a bed to sleep in and only £90 in his pocket, Jack tenaciously and diligently turned his passion for aviation into a successful career. His determination enabled him to secure a pilot's licence and then start-up his own international airline from scratch!
Starting in 1974 at Heathrow Airport, Jack's company British Mediterranean Airways (BMED) grew from a one aircraft and 65 employees operator to a nine aircraft operation employing over 1,000 people. The airline became one of the most successful franchise partners of British Airways, gaining the prestigious Queen's Award For Business Enterprise in 2004. BMED was sold to BMI (owned by Lufthansa) in 2007 for £30 million, and in 2011 British Airways bought BMI/BMED for over £175 million.
Jack went on to launch other airlines around the world, and enjoyed success in other industries too, spanning IT, tourism, hospitality, real estate and education. Not one to rest on his laurels, Jack also became a public speaker at inward investment seminars. His knowledge of international commerce and cultural etiquettes - and his own story of determination to win through - imbues his talks with a combination of wisdom, experience and passion and make for Motivational Speeches that keep audiences enthralled. Highly focussed and results driven. Great advocate of Brand development and great customer service as key to success. Jack has Worked closely on various projects, and/or dealt extensively with: UK and Middle Eastern Civil Aviation Authorities and with Political circles at home and abroad, government departments covering areas including transportation, defence and policy.
In addition, Jack has established his own social enterprise, The Turnaround Trust, which aims to pass on his hard earned knowledge and skills to a new generation of young entrepreneurs from socially deprived backgrounds.
Jack Romero's remarkable story has been broadcast on national TV as part of the BBC's My Story series.
To book Jack as an Motivational Speaker or After-dinner Speaker, contact Prime Performers via the online booking enquiry form or call us on 020 7251 8222.
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