FARGO JET CENTER’S PAT SWEENEY, CEO AND JIM SWEENEY, PRESIDENT INDUCTED INTO UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA AVIATION HALL OF FAME
CEO & Co-Founder
President & Co-Founder
October 28, 2019 (Fargo, ND) Fargo Jet Center’s CEO, Pat Sweeney, and President, Jim Sweeney, have been inducted into the University of North Dakota (UND) Aerospace Aviation Hall of Fame.
After being established last year, the UND Aerospace Hall of Fame awards have become an annual tradition at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Individuals inducted into the UND Aerospace Hall of Fame are UND alumni who have contributed immensely to the field of aviation.
Pat Sweeney is co-founder and CEO of Fargo Jet Center and CEO of Weather Modification LLC. He started at Weather Modification LLC as a summer electronics radar technician in 1975 and rose through the ranks, serving as director of electronics, vice president and president before becoming CEO. Patrick has helped Weather Modification LLC arrange for more than 380 UND pilot internships since 1974 and 62 UND meteorologist internships since 1996. Fargo Jet Center and Weather Modification LLC have also offered several internships in aircraft maintenance, marketing, business, human resources, and engineering. Patrick was named the 2001 Business Innovator of the Year by the UND Center for Innovation and the 1997 Small Business Exporter of the Year by the North Dakota branch of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Jim Sweeney, younger brother of fellow 2019 UND Aerospace Hall of Fame Inductee, is co-founder and president of Fargo Jet Center and vice president of Weather Modification LLC. In 2012, he was elected chairman of the National Air Transportation Association and was president of Fargo Jet Center when it was named the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber’s 2010 Business of the Year. He was promoted to president of Premier Jet Center in 2014 and elected Chairman of the Fargo Air Museum in 2017. Jim is also a frequent guest lecturer for UND Aerospace courses.
The 2019 UND Aerospace Hall of Fame Hall of Fame inductees were honored at the UND Aerospace 2019 Hall of Fame Luncheon, which was held during Homecoming Week on Friday, October 4th. Other inductees included Jim Bunke, regional vice president of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp and Robert Muhs, director of aviation business consulting for The Boeing Co.
About Fargo Jet Center and associated companies: Fargo Jet Center (FJC), headquartered in Fargo, ND (KFAR), and subsidiary Premier Jet Center (PJC), based in Minneapolis, MN (KFCM), are recognized leaders in the provision of aviation services and have been ranked among the top aviation service companies in the world. Both facilities offer a full-service FBO including refueling services, maintenance, avionics, aircraft charter and management, and upholstery and paint services. Additionally, FJC offers flight training and PJC serves as the base for the company’s aircraft sales division, Exclusive Aircraft Sales.
Fargo Jet Center and Premier Jet Center are members of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the Avfuel branded FBO Network, and the Paragon Aviation Network. Exclusive Aircraft Sales is also a member of the International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA).
Weather Modification LLC dba Weather Modification International is the world-leader in atmospheric chemistry, pollution and weather research, weather forecasting and modeling, and weather modification programs. The company is best known for its successful cloud modification projects worldwide to suppress hail and enhance precipitation. WMI also sets the standard in providing sophisticated ground-based weather radar systems and has been active since the early 1960’s. WMI has conducted research and implemented weather programs in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, totaling more than 35 countries. WMI is a sister company to Fargo Jet Center and is based at their headquarters in Fargo, North Dakota, USA.
Contacts: Jim Sweeney, President
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