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Denise Wilson of Desert Jet Named one of National Winners of 2013 EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Program

 Ernst and Young competition recognizes Denise Wilson as one of the 12 most exceptional women entrepreneurs in the nation

New_EY_EWW_2013_black Palm Desert, California, November 14, 2013 – EY today announced that Denise Wilson, CEO of Desert Jet was named one of 12 winners of its 2013 class of Entrepreneurial Winning Women, a national competition and ongoing executive leadership program that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale — and then helps them do it. This year’s diverse class represents some of the best and brightest women in business today. Together, the 12 Winning Women have an average of $7.8 million in yearly sales, 42 employees, and seven years in business.

Desert Jet was founded by Denise Wilson in 2007 as an aircraft management, acquisitions and sales company and quickly expanded to include jet charter and maintenance services.  As CEO, Denise led Desert Jet’s growth as one of the nation’s fastest growing, privately-owned companies, ranking the last three years on the Inc. 500|5000 list with a growth rate of over 600%.

“Over the past six years, the Entrepreneurial Winning Women program has grown into a highly competitive platform to help women entrepreneurs accomplish the key goals they have for their companies,” said Kerrie MacPherson, Principal, Financial Services Office, and North American Entrepreneurial Winning Women Executive Sponsor at EY. “Denise Wilson is an exceptional business leader with great potential, and we are pleased to honor her as one of this year’s winners.”

The 12 members of the Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2013 received an all-expense paid trip to this year’s EY Strategic Growth Forum® 2013, an invitation-only gathering of more than 2,300 high-growth, market-leading company CEOs held in Palm Springs, California. The Forum presents a one-of-a-kind platform for Entrepreneurial Winning Women to introduce their companies and share their corporate and personal brands with a community of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winners, top executives, prospective investors and business advisors. All 2013 Entrepreneurial Winning Women were introduced and honored at a special celebratory luncheon during the Forum.

The program looks to help women entrepreneurs break through the barriers that keep thriving second-stage businesses from reaching their full potential. Once selected, the entrepreneurs participate in an ongoing, customized program designed by EY to catalyze their companies’ growth by building and fostering critical relationships, enhancing leadership skills, expanding business acumen and providing increased visibility. They are coached on the five crucial leaps that are critical to growing their business:

  • ·        Thinking big and being bold;
  • ·        Building a public profile;
  • ·        Working on the business, rather than in it;
  • ·        Finding and establishing the right networks;
  • ·        Evaluating financing for expansion.

The Entrepreneurial Winning Women program is conducted in collaboration with several organizations that encourage the development of women-owned businesses, including the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), The Committee of 200 (C200), the Kauffman Foundation and Babson College’s Center for Women’s Leadership.  For more information on the program, visit

About Desert Jet

Headquartered in Thermal, California, Desert Jet is a full-service aviation management company specializing in aircraft charter, management, maintenance, acquisitions and sales.  Desert Jet has ranked on the Inc. 500|5000 list of the nation’s fastest growing privately-owned companies three years in a row (#297 in 2011, #69 in 2012 and #715 in 2013).  Desert Jet’s safety certifications include IS-BAO registration, Wyvern Wingman status and the ARG/US Gold+ rating.  Desert Jet is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).  For more information, please visit

About EY

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