Florida State University Celebrates Seminole 100 Businesses

Published: March 5th, 2018 | Florida State University News

Blue Air Training in Las Vegas has earned the No. 1 spot in the inaugural Seminole 100 list of businesses owned by Florida State University alumni.

Owner James “Chef” Barlow, who graduated in 1995, created Blue Air Training to train military personnel how to direct pilots in air operations. Barlow said his entire FSU experience set him up for a career in the U.S. Air Force, where he became the first fighter pilot since the Vietnam War to fly 100 combat missions.

Barlow realized the Air Force needed help training more air-combat controllers, so he started Blue Air Training. Now, the company operates a fleet of 18 fighter jets and is growing exponentially around the world.

One of his main bits of advice for young entrepreneurs? Follow your passion.

“Because then it’s not actually a job,” Barlow told the room of entrepreneurs.

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