Born in Oklahoma, George Batchelor graduated from the Aeronautical Institute of California and flew with the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II.

He has been closely tied to aviation with over 50 years of management i in aircraft sales, leasing, finance, maintenance, and airline operations. He has owned several airlines including Arrow Air, a major air cargo carrier. His vision and activity have played a major role in establishing Miami as one of the world-leading air cargo centers.

His generous financial and personal support has benefited wildlife and the environment, provided medical services and facilities to children, assisted the homeless and needy, and supported education and learning. Mr Batchelor passed away in July 2002.