Editor’s Letter: Time for me to fly

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Provo’s first flight and meeting Utah’s first lady

By Jeanette Bennett, utahvalley360.com

Editor Jeanette Bennett was aboard the first commercial flight out of Provo Airport on June 21, 2011. (She was also the first to get in trouble by airport security when she veered off to say hello to photographer Dave Blackhurst before getting on the plane.)

Editor Jeanette Bennett was aboard the first commercial flight out of Provo Airport on June 21, 2011. (She was also the first to get in trouble by airport security when she veered off to say hello to photographer Dave Blackhurst before getting on the plane.)

The view from 9C on Frontier Airlines’ inaugural flight out of Provo Airport turned me into a namedropper. On my right was Taylor Oldroyd, CEO of Utah County Association of Realtors. (He won me over by bringing BusinessQ, our sister publication, along as his reading material.) On my left was David Clark, regional vice president for Intermountain Healthcare. Three rows ahead was BYU President Cecil Samuelson, who forgave me for getting his middle initial wrong in a 2005 issue of Utah Valley Magazine. About five rows ahead were Governor Gary Herbert, Congressman Jason Chaffetz and blogger C. Jane.

Nearly 100 movers and shakers took to the skies to celebrate a transportation milestone in Utah County. Things are looking up, up, up in our neck of the woods, and it was high time to celebrate with our choice of beverages in a clear plastic cup.

Applause broke out when this first flight landed in Denver, which called for an encore when our day ended back at the Provo terminal. This headliner of a day is the latest on Utah County’s transportation highlight reel (see page 94 for a timeline).

It takes a village to turn a village into a hub. Fortunately, Utah County is home to hard-working and visionary villagers who are willing to step up and serve beyond the edge of their own sidewalk.

Utah County villager and cover girl Jeanette Herbert has grown into her role as First Lady, but she hasn’t forgotten her hard-working Springville roots. She raised a family, an Orem business and now a state as she keeps one foot in Utah Valley and the other in the governor’s mansion.

Our annual profiles on women in business prove that ordinary women can do extraordinary things with a vision, a dream and effort to match.

Plus, our “angels among us” reveal there’s no excuse for excuses.

In short, this issue is all about defying gravity and taking flight. All aboard.

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