June 4, 2020

Q&A with Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart, Corporate Accountant
Location: Raleigh, NC, US

How long have you been at Jetcraft?

I have been working on the accounting team at Jetcraft for 3 and a half years.

What are your responsibilities within the global Jetcraft team?

I work with the finance and administrative teams directly and help support our Controller for any special projects needed.  Functions include reconciliations, data analysis work, supporting with the monthly financial close and also assisting outside auditors with semi-annual and annual audits.

Describe a typical day or week in your role.

Most days start off by checking emails and seeing if anything urgent needs taken care of first.  If we are closer towards the end of the month my focus will be more geared towards our monthly close process, and ensuring our financials are readily available a few days after we start the new month.  Upon closing the month, reconciliations and different budgets will need to be updated accordingly.  I also review and support our accounts payable team on payments that may be needed or paid within that month.

What do you love most about your job?

I get to work with every department within Jetcraft so I am involved with unique transactions or reading some legal documents – things that I never really thought I would be involved with. It has been exciting to see the company grow.

Describe the company culture at Jetcraft and what it means to you?

The company culture is unique in many ways – it is family oriented and we get to have all employees together every year for a staff retreat. This is an important time for everyone to be together and have fun but also to talk deals.

What do you want your customers to experience when dealing with Jetcraft?

We want the customers to feel at ease so that they can trust that we’re handling everything for them. If a hurdle arises, we want the customer to never know that things got complicated and to always feel like their transaction was a smooth one.

Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

My greatest influence is my grandfather, as he was a WWII pilot and an innovator who valued hard work.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Motivated, Entrepreneurial, Genuine

If you were to buy a business jet, which aircraft would suit your needs and why?

I would definitely buy a Citation and would mostly use it to fly from North Carolina to Florida to play golf.

What stands out to you as good customer service?

Good customer service to me is taking care of the customer first, always. The customer should feel like their needs are being met and exceeded.

Finally, what is your hidden talent or hobby?

I enjoy going hiking. I like to go to the mountains of North Carolina or Virginia. I also enjoy playing golf.

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