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Good Morning San Diego, KUSI News 2019

Good Morning San Diego, KUSI News 2019

What fun to look back at Dave Scott's Good Morning San Diego coverage of the Air & Space Hall of Fame Legends of Flight Gala. At the 55 second mark, you'll see him introduce Jim Kidrick, President & CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum, who then...

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My One Thing

My One Thing

Many thanks to the Turknett Leadership group for excerpting "My One Thing" from my presentation in October. Be the person that you want to be...nothing ventured, nothing gained.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7cwP1f5XBA

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2021 International Air & Space Hall of Fame Celebration

2021 International Air & Space Hall of Fame Celebration

What a pleasure it was to spend time with Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the NBAA, and General Lloyd "FIG" Newton, former NBAA Chairman of the Board of Directors. Ed was inducted into the the International Air & Space Hall of Fame Class of 2021. He's a dear friend...

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33rd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference

33rd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference

Women in Aviation International — Bound for Nashville in March! I've been invited to speak at the International Women in Aviation Conference on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2022 — what an honor! It's a joy to attend speaking engagements as lecturer or keynote speaker...

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Nice Shout Out by 967 The Wolf Radio

Nice Shout Out by 967 The Wolf Radio

Phoenix, AZ, Nov. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MedAire Founder and Chairman Joan Sullivan Garrett was ceremoniously enshrined into the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) on October 13, 2021, during the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Conference and...

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Amazon Reviews!

Amazon Reviews!

Greetings, readers! If you bought my book on Amazon, I hope you'll weigh in with a review! I appreciate your emails and notes very much — and there have been plenty — but reviews are nice too! If you received One Life Lost, Millions Gained at my recent book signing, I...

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Available at Target

Available at Target

Christmas Gift Ideas The perfect gift for the holidays — a hardcover or paperback version of my book. If you know someone interested in medicine, aviation, entrepreneurship or medical emergencies at sea — or even ancestral stories of Ireland — then my book will make...

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Available at Books•A•Million

Available at Books•A•Million

Just in time for the holidays! If you want an inspirational stocking-stuffer filled with adventures in medicine and entrepreneurship, not to mention lessons learned and challenges overcome, then order your copies of my autobiography today! I'm excited to announce that...

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Turknett 2021 Signature Series: Women in Leadership

Turknett 2021 Signature Series: Women in Leadership

What a fun time I had with Anne Quiello of Turknett Leadership Group this morning as part of the 2021 signature series — Women in Leadership. It was a back-and-forth interview with a Q & A from the listeners, as well as a chat box. I was asked some GREAT...

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A Special Note

A Special Note

I recently received a very special message from an important contributor to my book. I mailed Glenda Summers several autographed copies of my autobiography from the local post office, not knowing when it would be delivered. Two days ago, I heard back from Glenda. The...

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Delivering Books!

Delivering Books!

I promised those who contributed to my book an autographed hard cover, and I'm also filling local orders for those who buy online. Boy, oh, boy, have I been busy following up on that promise! If possible, I hand deliver the books. Case in point, a delivery to Cherie...

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The Verde Valley Sanctuary

The Verde Valley Sanctuary

I support various causes, including the importance of STEM coursework for girls, the nursing vocation, young aspiring aviators, and the good work done at the Verde Valley Sanctuary. This women's shelter in Cottonwood, Arizona exists to support vulnerable women and...

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Join Me Online October 29!

Join Me Online October 29!

      Join Me! I'm excited about my upcoming Women in Leadership webinar with the Turknett Group! Join me October 29, 2021 as I share secrets for launching a successful entrepreneurial startup! This will be a fun webinar, and I look forward to...

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The Amazing Amy Spowart

The Amazing Amy Spowart

  Thank you, Amy Spowart, for so many reasons!   Amy is President and CEO of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, and I'm fortunate to know such an accomplished leader who cares deeply about the industry and its members. She also cares about the National...

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Get In Touch With Joan

Get In Touch With Joan

Journalists, event organizers, book clubs and more can contact me for details on my book, One Life Lost, Millions Gained, and the story of how this phenomenal journey into aeromedicine began. Every once in a while, an idea sparks global change. In the case of my...

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Book Signing Moments

Book Signing Moments

Here are a few special moments captured as I enjoyed the crowd at the NBAA-BACE convention. The book signing occurred over multiple days... but I found time to mingle with friends and meet some extraordinary people! Thanks again to the National Business Aviation...

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A MedLink Interview — NBAA TV

A MedLink Interview — NBAA TV

I'm so proud of MedAire's ongoing innovations. This video was shot at the NBAA-BACE Convention in Las Vegas, October 14, 2021 by NBAA-TV.  I show up at around 1:30 minutes to highlight our latest aviation medical technology. People are continually amazed when they...

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A Bit of Media Coverage

A Bit of Media Coverage

Here's another "photo album" of some fun face time with coordinators and reporters covering the NBAA-BACE annual convention in Las Vegas. This was my very first book signing and a special event among industry friends, colleagues, and customers. Another "thank you" to...

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Book Signing Photo Album

Book Signing Photo Album

Wow, I'll treasure these images forever. I enjoyed a very successful first book signing, debuting One Life Lost, Millions Gained during the NBAA-BACE annual convention in Las Vegas. Let's just say October 12–14 were very busy days with about two hundred books signed,...

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At Barnes & Noble

At Barnes & Noble

How can you find my book? It's available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! I hope you enjoy this autobiography, so raw and poignant at times, and otherwise a whirlwind of challenges and adventures. I look back at how it all began, this entrepreneurial journey into the...

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NBAA Press Release

NBAA Press Release

Note from Joan — I'm so honored to have experienced such a high-energy book signing at the NBAA-BACE Convention in Las Vegas. I signed several hundred copies of my autobiography, One Life Lost, Millions Gained, and appreciate everyone who endured the long lines! Wow,...

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Book Signing Tweets and Posts!

Book Signing Tweets and Posts!

What fun to see the activity on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and blogs during my book signing at the National Business Aviation Association Convention October 12 – 14! Sharing the love! Coffee Social —  Facebook Tuesday, Oct. 12 | 2-3 p.m. | NBAA Booth #4165 Whether...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame Medal

National Aviation Hall of Fame Medal

What an honor! I'll be posting insights, videos, and photos from the NBAA convention throughout October 12 to 14, 2021.   Contact: Mandy Eddington Director Marketing, MedAire M +1.480.262.6918 mandy.eddington@MedAire.com JOAN SULLIVAN GARRETT, MEDAIRE FOUNDER AND...

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A Fun Podcast

A Fun Podcast

YourChron.com interview Host Scott Pitney with Joan Sullivan Garrett I really enjoyed speaking with the amazing Scott Pitney, host of YourChron.com. Scott's podcast is about "extraordinary people and their extraordinary journeys," and I think the backstory of MedAire...

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The Backstory

The Backstory

To better understand the roots and expansion of the company Joan founded, enjoy this impressive video. This was filmed during MedAire's 30th anniversary and details the evolution of Joan's vision and her passion for saving lives — highly recommended!  ...

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Media Q & A

Media Q & A

TIPS FOR STORY LINES See the AUDIENCES PAGE for story ideas. Joan's multi-faceted book has touched many lives already, and some of the untold stories will appeal to readers of many interests, passions, and career paths. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Q: What is significant...

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About Siobhan Publishing — and the Irish Component

About Siobhan Publishing — and the Irish Component

: This little Irish grandmother had a huge impact on Joan’s career trajectory. The Imprint Siobhan Publishing, LLC is Joan Sullivan Garrett's imprint for the personal works in her family library such as ancestry and legacy books, children's books, and the biography...

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Book Details and Sell Sheet

Book Details and Sell Sheet

Paperback Version Author — Joan Sullivan Garrett Editor Melanie Saxton Publisher — Siobhan Publishing, LLC Genre — Autobiography, Biographies of Medical Professionals, Medical Professional Biographies, Biographies & Memoirs of Women Price — $19.99 soft cover...

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Book Overview

Book Overview

  Synopsis   California Childhood Although Joan is best known as an inventor and aviation hall of famer, her life has been enigmatic from the start. She endured a tough childhood and credits her third-generation Irish roots for surviving it. The better parts...

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Awards and Honors — Images

Awards and Honors — Images

    Awards & Honors 1997 Flight Safety Foundation Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award 2001 Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2005 Arizona State University Spirit of Enterprise Award 2017 NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award...

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For the Love of Horses

For the Love of Horses

I think I could write an entire book on the horses in my life from childhood onward. One of my two favorite horses were Papoose and Patches. Patches, especially, was an excellent listener who rotated her ears at the inflection in my voice and kept all my secrets (just...

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Semi-retired But Still Busy!

Semi-retired But Still Busy!

I stepped down as CEO of MedAire in 2008 and am now semi-retired with the roles of chairman of the board and industry consultant. After such a fast-paced existence, it’s quite nice to sit on my deck in the Arizona mountains and appreciate the little things that mean...

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Flight Nurse

Flight Nurse

  You'll see in the "Taking Flight" chapter all the adrenaline and danger involved in flight nursing, especially in the most remote mountains and deserts of Arizona. I was a flight nurse through Air Evac of Samaritan Health System. I applied and was accepted into...

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More on Telemedicine

More on Telemedicine

MedLink is the service arm of MedAire — a revolutionary innovation back in the 1980s. How did MedLink connect flight crews in the air with ground-based emergency physicians back in the day? I developed a way to use communication channels such as high frequency radio,...

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Motherhood

Motherhood

I'll admit that working two or three jobs consistently after obtaining my nursing license caused quite a bit of "working mother guilt." Still, I was home and not traveling during my two sons' formative years. While they were high school and college, however, I was...

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Animal Lover

Animal Lover

I have a great fondness for the many dogs who have been loyal companions through the years. Labradors retrievers, especially, have stolen my heart. Below are photos of Riley, Kady, and Guinness. Kady is Riley's mother and Guinness is Riley's uncle (from his paternal...

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35 Years of Marriage

35 Years of Marriage

And Then Came Frank When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. From the movie When Harry met Sally I met Frank Garrett, my husband of 35 years, at a restaurant among friends. New...

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Outdoor Enthusiast

Outdoor Enthusiast

I used to run the forest paths while listening to the music of Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance. It was a great place to dream out loud, make business decisions, practice presentations, and rehearse speeches. There’s that Irish reference again — Michael Flatley — an...

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On Grandmotherhood

On Grandmotherhood

Gardening encompasses much more than time spend outdoors. It's become a generational hobby! A few years ago, I asked my grandchildren where certain food items come from. The reply was, “From the grocery store!” I received a similar reply from my granddaughter, four at...

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More About Joan

More About Joan

Below I share links and shout-outs about my favorite roles, interests, and the books I recommend in my autobiography. Wife Mother Grandmother Former Flight Nurse Animal lover Equestrian Gardener Outdoor enthusiast Semi-retired but still busy!   Recommended books...

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MedAire’s History

MedAire’s History

In 1985, I founded MedAire to provide upgraded medical kits to the commercial aviation industry, and later the business and private jet sector. At that time, airlines were using first aid kits designed by Johnson & Johnson in 1924, updated in 1950s and nothing...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame

National Aviation Hall of Fame

My dear friend Michael Quiello, Vice President of Avelo Airlines, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, and former Vice President of United Airlines exemplifies the “customer turned friend” that is so important to me. Michael has relied...

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Ralphie, the Inspiration Behind MedAire

Ralphie, the Inspiration Behind MedAire

BOOK DEDICATION To Ralphie Lopez, the eight-year-old patient who died in 1984 after an accident on a remote road in the San Tan Mountains of Arizona. Your life and death had meaning and ultimately propelled me to found MedAire — a global company that saves lives on...

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International Air & Space Hall of Fame Induction

International Air & Space Hall of Fame Induction

https://storage.googleapis.com/hof-video/garrett.mp4   International Air & Space Hall of Fame Induction 2020 Being inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame was the honor of a lifetime. Above is a video presentation given just before I was...

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Why Garden?

Why Garden?

One of my outdoor passions is gardening, and this hobby has a large presence in the beginning and ending of my autobiography. Below I share some of my whimsical thoughts on planting, growing, and harvesting — so good for the soul and great exercise too! Decompression...

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