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May 11, 2009 • Issue 09:05:01

Flying for wishes, Isaacman sets record

On April 15, 2009, United Bank Card Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer, Jared Isaacman, broke the record for circumnavigating the globe in a Cessna Citation CJ2. And that's not all. His flight raised funds and awareness for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of New Jersey; it also broke 14 more world records. Isaacman sped around the world in 61 hours, 51 minutes and 15 seconds, traveling 22,893 miles.

He attempted to top the 18-year-old light jet circumnavigation record last year, missing it by one hour. He did, however, set 17 world records on that flight. "There was some unfinished business from 2008 that we needed to complete," said Isaacman. The two flights combined have helped to raise close to $90,000 for Make-A-Wish.

"It was a wonderful adventure that allowed us to fly around the world, while raising funds for an important organization such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation," said Isaacman. UBC has a long history with Make-A-Wish, which was strengthened, according to Isaacman, when the company received its first letter from the foundation outlining exactly what UBC's initial donation accomplished.

Isaacman has been interested in flying for a very long time, and he became a pilot about 3 and 1/2 years ago. He said it's his escape from his long hours at work, and he enjoys being incommunicado while in the air.

"It's kind of peaceful, and at the same time it's challenging. I guess that's why I picked flying. That's really my only hobby outside of work." Donations are still being accepted in conjunction with Isaacman's flight by Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey. Those wishing to donate can do so at www.speedaroundtheworld.com. Isaacman will match up to $20,000 in Web donations. end of article

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