Eddie McKinnon has piloted planes for the U.S. Navy and chartered flights for executives at a Texas-based aviation company.
This month the 39-year-old Davidsonville native, a Dematha Catholic High School graduate, is taking on a challenge a little closer to the ground.
McKinnon is the new president of Driven, an Annapolis-based executive travel company, which uses a fleet of 15 luxury vehicles in the mid-Atlantic — and a new concierge business with affiliates across the globe — to offer flat-rate, membership-based ground transportation to business executives and other high-rollers.
“Brokering airplanes in the transportation industry is almost identical to brokering cars,” McKinnon said.
While Uber and Lyft have both debuted popular luxury car options, pricing can vary widely depending on the location and length of the ride, he noted.
Driven offers memberships at a flat hourly rate, whether the ride is being taken locally or in a foreign country, he said. It also gives companies monthly insights on the number of hours remaining, to allow them to plan their ground travel expenses.
“It’s for companies that travel globally to be able to plan ahead and have a better understanding of how much you’re spending on ground transportation,” McKinnon said.
The company’s mid-Atlantic fleet is made up of Lexus LS460 sedans, Yukon Denali SUVs and Mercedes Sprinter vans.
McKinnon, who graduated from the Naval Academy in 2002, said he has served in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Qatar and Russia. He flew Boeing E-6 jets — a command and communications aircraft based on the commercial 707 — while stationed in Oklahoma and has also lived in Florida and Texas.
But he said he is glad to be back home in Maryland, living in Annapolis. The former lacrosse player now coaches a 10th-grade club team, the Annapolis Hawks, and is raising a pair of 7-year-old twins with his wife.
“I love Maryland,” McKinnon said. “I love being near the water. … Being back in this area, with friends and relatives — it is home, and it feels like home. I get to go to every Navy football game now and enjoy it.
“It’s an exciting place to live and be.”
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