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FLIGHT CLUB: Nick Kennedy Joins #BigDNT This October

Dallas New Tech is one of DFW’s longest running monthly showcase events for new and exciting companies and technologies. The format is ever evolving.

Over the summer, we launched (pun intended) a cool, new event segment at Dallas New Tech designed to shine a light on North Texas CEOs taking bold ideas and creative innovation to the next level.

For October’s meetup, former Rise CEO Nick Kennedy takes the stage.nick kennedy launch dfw

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#LaunchCEO: Nick Kennedy

Company: Surf Air (Formerly Rise)

As​ ​the​ ​President​ ​of​ ​Surf​ ​Air,​ ​Nick​ ​is​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​creating​ ​a​ ​new​ ​category​ ​of​ ​air​ ​travel​ ​that eliminates​ ​the​ ​hassles​ ​associated​ ​with​ ​frequent​ ​flying.​ ​Surf​ ​Air​ ​has​ ​flown​ ​several​ ​hundred thousand​ ​frequent​ ​travelers​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​US​ ​and​ ​Europe​ ​giving​ ​them​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​be home​ ​for​ ​breakfast,​ ​in​ ​another​ ​city​ ​for​ ​meetings​ ​and​ ​back​ ​in​ ​time​ ​for​ ​soccer​ ​practice. He​ ​was​ ​the​ ​Founder​ ​and​ ​CEO​ ​of​ ​RISE​ ​which​ ​was​ ​acquired​ ​by​ ​Surf​ ​Air.​

​In​ ​a​ ​very​ ​short​ ​time he​ ​assembled​ ​a​ ​world-class​ ​team​ ​and​ ​leveraged​ ​his​ ​technology​ ​and​ ​client​ ​service background​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​an​ ​accessible,​ ​high-touch​ ​and​ ​highly​ ​scalable​ ​business​ ​model​ ​that has​ ​positioned​ ​the​ ​company​ ​to​ ​lead​ ​the​ ​next​ ​generation​ ​of​ ​air​ ​travel. Nick’s​ ​career​ ​started​ ​with​ ​EDS,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​shifted​ ​to​ ​helping​ ​build​ ​successful​ ​entrepreneurial ventures​ ​that​ ​were​ ​acquired​ ​by​ ​companies​ ​like​ ​NCR​ ​and​ ​Nanthealth​ ​(IPO​ ​2016).​ ​During​ ​that time,​ ​he​ ​accumulated​ ​over​ ​two​ ​million​ ​airline​ ​miles​ ​while​ ​losing​ ​hundreds​ ​of​ ​hours​ ​of productivity​ ​and​ ​time​ ​with​ ​family​ ​due​ ​to​ ​the​ ​highly​ ​inefficient​ ​and​ ​broken​ ​commercial​ ​airline industry.​ ​

As​ ​a​ ​natural​ ​entrepreneur​ ​and​ ​problem​ ​solver,​ ​Nick​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​a​ ​building​ ​a company​ ​that​ ​would​ ​make​ ​private​ ​flying​ ​more​ ​accessible​ ​and​ ​economical​ ​for​ ​everyday business​ ​people​ ​but​ ​without​ ​the​ ​expensive​ ​capital​ ​and​ ​operational​ ​burdens​ ​associated​ ​with owning​ ​planes.

Nick​ ​lives​ ​in​ ​Dallas​ ​with​ ​his​ ​funny​ ​and​ ​brilliant​ ​wife​ ​of​ ​19​ ​years​ ​and​ ​their​ ​three​ ​children.​ ​He​ ​is an​ ​avid​ ​sportsman​ ​who​ ​enjoys​ ​baseball​ ​(he​ ​played​ ​catcher​ ​in​ ​college),​ ​Peloton™ (ibrake4donuts),​ ​is​ ​an​ ​avid​ ​reader​ ​(60+​ ​books/year)​ ​and​ ​has​ ​completed​ ​the​ ​Ironman® triathlon​ ​(barely).

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