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
Now it’s American and US Airways turn.
For decades we have seen airlines, many who are struggling to survive, decide to merge with a competing airline in an attempt to emerge as a stronger carrier. In fact, some airlines today are the product of a series of mergers and acquisitions. Southern Airways once a proud airline, was combined with Hughes Airwest and then was swallowed up by Republic Airlines…which was later acquired by Northwest Airlines, which was then merged with Delta Airlines (talk about needing a scorecard).
I look at airline mergers as a game of who are you going to take to the ball. Everyone wants to go with the best looking date, but then there’s the reality that probably won’t happen. So, do you go alone or go with anyone who will say yes?
In the recent era of airline mergers, US Airways and American are the two last legacy airlines looking for a date. American, on one side, was determined to go it alone. Forget what people say or think, they can make it alone. US Airways, on the other hand, has been posturing for years trying to get a merger with any airline who would say yes. American Airlines, weakened through the long and trying process of bankruptcy (and under incredible pressure from their creditors) has finally decided to go to the ball with US Airways.
Much as United and Continental, these two airlines are rushing towards a merger under the impression it will allow them to better compete with the now-combined Delta and Northwest powerhouse. United and Continental have found out, painfully so, that merging two airlines together will not solve many of the systemic problems the airlines were battling before the merger. In fact, the merger process could actually make the situation…worse.
Enter US Airways and American. If these two airlines believe a merger will solve their competitive problems, they have a very loud and rude awakening coming. I state this because both airlines have reputations for employee misery. Employment contracts with various union groups many times expire and the two sides will then spend years trying to hammer out a new agreement. US Airways merged with America West in 2005 (that is eight years ago) and they still are having problems integrating the America West pilots with their own flight crews.
In short, this merger could become a mess of historic proportions.
As for now, we simply wait for the announcement that the two airlines have decided to initiate the official merger process. The headlines will scream about the post-merger emergence of the world’s largest airline; 6,500 daily flights with nearly 95,000 employees. They will repaint their planes, change their employee uniforms and will slap a new coat of paint on decade-old problems.
Somewhere along the line these two airlines may conclude that rushing to grab a date for the ball many not have been such a good idea after all.