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Denise Wilson of Desert Jet Named to Enterprising Women Advisory Board

RALEIGH, N.C. – Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women magazine (, has appointed Robin Bailey and Denise Wilson to the Enterprising Women Advisory Board.

As the President and CEO of Desert Jet, Wilson is dedicated to providing clients with expertise in acquiring, operating, maintaining and generating revenue using private jet aircraft. During her career, she has logged more than 7,000 hours of flight experience and has flown for several airlines, including Aloha Airlines, and served as a former airline captain. Desert Jet has been recognized by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as the only certified woman-owned air carrier business. Founded in 2007, Desert Jet was honored two consecutive years on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 500 list of the nation’s fastest growing privately-owned companies. Wilson is the recipient of WBENC’s 2012 Dorothy B. Brothers Leadership Award, was named one of 2012 Ten Top Women CEOs on the Inc. 500, and was a finalist in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of 2010 contest, recognized in the Emerging Entrepreneur category and a finalist in the 2012 Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program. Additionally, Wilson has been featured in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Inc. Magazine, Aviation For Women Magazine, Twin and Turbine Magazine, FlyCorporate Magazine, AutoPILOT and Palm Springs Life.

Robin Bailey is president of Southern Progress Corporation, a publisher of popular lifestyle magazines and books based in Birmingham, Ala. With a combined readership of more than 50 million, Southern Progress Corporation publishes magazines such as Southern Living, Cooking Light, Health and Sunset. A graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Bailey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and was the first female president of the university’s National Association of Accountants (NAA) chapter.

Both women are winners of 2013 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards.

“Denise and Robin will be huge assets to the Enterprising Women advisory board, both bringing a wealth of experience and tradition of service to others,” said Smiley. “As entrepreneurs and mentors, these women symbolize the mission of our publication and I look forward to working closely with them.”

For more information regarding the Enterprising Women Advisory Board, visit


Enterprising Women, with headquarters in Cary, N.C., is the nation’s only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners that chronicles the growing political, economic and social influence and power of entrepreneurial women. The magazine provides a friendly meeting place, a public forum and a national stage for the critical issues confronting women’s businesses and daily lives from the unique perspectives and experiences of entrepreneurial women. Published in both print and digital editions, the online edition of the magazine reaches nearly one million readers in 185 countries. For more information, please visit or call (919) 362-1551.

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