After being born in Frankfurt (that would be Germany, not Kentucky), Jay's family moved to Vandalia, Ohio where Jay spent his time learning to play the greatest game ever (baseball), by smacking the daylights out of fastballs from his next door neighbor Roger Clemens. (Disclaimer: At 9 years of age, this would have been a pre-steroid era.)
During his high school years at Carlisle High School, Jay spent most of his free time at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center helping his Dad to build the condominiums at the course for a variety of Cincinnati sport's legends like Nancy Lopez, Ross Browner, Tom Seaver and others. In 1981 he watched his father build the ATP Tennis Stadium for the likes of Connors, McEnroe, Lendl and Borg.
Jay's passion for baseball continued thru 1983 when he was invited to tryout for the 1984 US Olympic Baseball Team. A torn hamstring six weeks before the tryouts ended his baseball dream. (He was able to write about the greatest game ever played for Reader's Digest, winning their Editor's Choice award and having it read by more than 88 million people worldwide.)
It was then Jay's attention turned towards the airline industry, where he loved the daily challenges of cancelled flights, delayed luggage (they weren't referred to as 'lost' until they were MIA for 90 days), weather problems and the always-wonderful Sunday after Thanksgiving! Cities Jay worked at included Monroe (LA), Florence (AL), Cincinnati, and Dayton. It was also during these years Jay was able to serve as the Travel Coordinator for the Detroit Lions - spending his Sunday afternoons on the NFL sidelines!
Jay continues that adrenaline rush by educating travelers with information specifically designed to help them find the cheapest of fares, resolve complaints, and having multiple options when flights are cancelled.
Jay lives in the Dayton area with his wife, Sherry and their two boys, and his older daughters serve as nurses to Dayton area hospitals.
If you have any questions, you can contact Jay through his Day Trading website - he is an avid Day Trader and teaches others on his system. (www.daytradefun.com)
Mornings on Jim Scott's show
For those keeping score at home, this is two years running.
Skytrax, a London-based air transport association, surveyed more than 12 million travelers in 388 airports around the world and the top regional airport in North America was, once again, CVG.
But is tells us what we already know, CVG is a proven HUB airport. We do not have the bad weather so often associated with Chicago and Detroit and we are absent of the constant congestion delays which are seen (almost daily) in the busy northeastern corridor with Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC, Newark and Boston. The Atlanta airport is also congested, as Delta and Southwest/Air Tran compete to use that facility as a major HUB. Even Charlotte is forced to take a back seat to CVG because of the persistent fog conditions which so many times delay originating flights.
The Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is within a 90 minute of nearly 60% of this country’s population. It is centrally located (much better than a Dallas, Houston or Denver) and has a proven track record from a flight on-time performance perspective. Other major airline HUBs around the country you love to have the flight performance we enjoy at CVG.
The only real problem is the airport is so underutilized.
Still, it’s nice to know travelers still prefer CVG over other airports around the country. Perhaps the recognition will help the airport in their continuing efforts to land a low cost carrier, because any good press can help.
Well done, CVG.