Sergey Petrossov, the founder and CEO of the private jet company JetSmarter, has given members access to more than just access to private jet travel. Members also get access to partner luxury hotels, restaurants, and residences wherever they go in the world. Until JetSmarter came about, traveling in this kind of luxury would have been way too expensive for most people. JetSmarter remains headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with offices all over the world. It started with just around 50 employees and has grown to about 250 employees worldwide.
Sergey Petrossov says he chose Fort Lauderdale for two reasons: 1) It was his hometown and 2) It was already one of the main centers of the U.S. private jet industry. Their Fort Lauderdale facilities are used to store private jets for individual owners for tax reasons. One thing the Sergey Petrossov realized the Fort Lauderdale lacked access to was great private jet engineers. That is why they have established an engineering unit in Moscow. JetSmarter allows members to schedule their own flight or to book a seat aboard one of their prescheduled flights. Their most popular regular flight is between Fort Lauderdale. Petrossov said that he has had an entrepreneurial drive since he was about 11. He moved to the U.S. with his family when he was four. In 2009 he graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Florida. That same year he founded Federal System of Distance Education, a company that specializes in helping institutions start online education platforms. He officially opened up JetSmarter for business in 2013.