Reach higher. Michael Williams ’80 says he started his company, Jetaire Group, at age 25 because “often, I was the youngest person and only minority in the room. I saw the glass ceiling and I had to break it.”
When he did, he began to rise. Today, Jetaire is a leading provider of aviation modifications, and Williams has business relationships at home—think U.S. presidents, NASA, and the Department of Homeland Security—and across 52 countries.
The former electronics engineering technology major credits his determination partly to Savannah State, where he developed his work ethic and learned how to educate and challenge himself. “SSU gave me the discipline to face problems thoughtfully and deliberately, and to advocate for myself. I needed to know how to do that, because when starting a business, the sky’s the limit.”