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Samuel Golden, was named as one of the NBAA 40 Under 40 Award recipients for 2023

Samuel Golden and his trusted co-pilot Jonsi enjoy flying in San Diego.

For Immediate Release – January, 2024 – San Diego

Samuel Golden, King Schools’ Content & Marketing Manager, was selected from more than 600 applicants for the prestigious National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 2023 40 Under 40 award. Since 2018, NBAA has been annually recognizing talented young people who are driving meaningful change and big results across all segments of business aviation.

Samuel Golden, the King Schools Digital and Social Media manager was named one of 2023’s class of 40 Under 40 (YouTube video here). All the honorees for this year’s award were hosted in Las Vegas during the 2023 NBAA Conference by the NBAA’s Young Professionals in Business Aviation (YoPro) program.  In their 40 Under 40 announcement the NBAA said, “We are pleased to announce the newest class of Top 40 Under 40 business aviation professionals. This class represents a wide range of expertise in business aviation. It truly demonstrates that the next generation of leaders is here, and the industry is in good hands for a successful future.”

Samuel Golden, was named as one of the NBAA 40 Under 40 Award recipients.

John M. Dowd, King Schools VP of Marketing, nominated Samuel and said, “Pilots for 50 years have using King Schools to pass their FAA exams and for pilot training.  Samuel is a member of a new generation of technically proficient, digitally savvy young pilots who are ensuring the future of King Schools is in good hands. Samuel is part of the team that is using video & social media to share courses and researching AI’s virtual and augmented reality possibilities. He interacts with thousands of people in the pilot community and helps guide them in their pilot training decisions. Samuel, is an accomplished pilot with a Commercial Airplane Single-Engine Land certificate and Instrument rating, as well as Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor and Remote Pilot certificates. He is a true aviation marketing expert.”

Samuel manages the King Schools digital advertising and social media programs. Since he took over these functions in 2019, King Schools has had a dramatic increase in social media engagement along with an increased market share particularly for private pilot ground school and test prep courses.

Samuel & Jonsi enjoy the water around San Diego as well as the air.

John and Martha King, founders and co-chairmen of King Schools, said, “Samuel has had a significant role in keeping King Schools relevant in a fast-changing, competitive market. Our advertising and overall communication with our customers have greatly benefited from Samuel’s work. We are very pleased and proud to see Samuel receive this well-deserved award.”

For more information about this award, you can view the following:

NBAA page

YouTube video

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