CRS Jet Spares actively participates in various philanthropic organizations within the South Florida community.
Armando and Diane Leighton with comedian/actor Simbad at Saturday Night Live Signature Event
Armando Leighton is past Board Chair and has been involved with Gilda’s Club on a local and national level through the years. The mission of Gilda’s Club is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. The clubhouse is located in a historic downtown home on the Tarpon River in Fort Lauderdale.
Community Foundation of Broward County
Armando Leighton with Captain Richard Phillips, author of the book “A Captain’s Duty” that shared his real life experience when his ship was hijacked by Somali pirates and made into a movie starring Tom Hanks.
Armando Leighton has served on the Board of Director for the past (5) years and is Chair of the “Art of Community” committee which promotes the goal to nurture civic engagement by bringing diverse residents, sectors and organizations together by using the arts to address community to bridge, bond and build the community.
Gilda’s Club South Florida
Gilda’s Club South Florida is a free cancer support community for women, men, children, and teens with all types of cancer and their families and friends. They offer networking groups, lectures, workshops, specialized children’s and teen programs, and social events in a nonresidential, non-medical, home-like setting. The clubhouse is located in a historic home in downtown Fort Lauderdale on the Tarpon River. Throughout the year, Armando Leighton Jr., family, friends and CRS employees participate in their activities and fundraising events.
Jack & Jill Children’s Center
Jack & Jill Children’s Center is a non-profit organization that provides family oriented early childhood education and support to strengthen working families of Broward County. The accredited program supports the intellectual, emotional, physical and social development of young children.
Museum of Discovery and Science
The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. The museum features dynamic interactive exhibits in the natural and physical sciences and a large array of programs designed to serve diverse audiences. MODS serves almost 500,000 visitors each year and is the primary destination for school field trips in Broward County.
CRS Jet Spares donated a Raytheon Premier fuselage to the Broward College Aviation Maintenance Technology program. This fuselage is a composite structure with a honeycomb core made from such materials as fiberglass, Kevlar and carbon fibers. It is the latest technology in aircraft fuselage manufacturing because of its light weight, exceptional strength and efficiency exceeding that of aircrafts composed of aluminum sheet metal. Because of the rising cost of fuel, a lighter aircraft enhances fuel efficiency. In response, the industry is seeing an increase in the number of aircraft being manufactured from composite materials. The donation enabled the Aviation Institute to enhance the curriculum for students with precise training and state-of-the-art techniques using the latest equipment flown in the industry today.
Nova Southeastern University
On April 24, 2013, Armando was inducted into the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Wayne Huizenga School of Business & Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.
The Entrepreneur Hall of Fame was established in 1990 to honor the achievements of outstanding entrepreneurs who contributed not only to the growth of a phenomenal entrepreneurial business, but have also demonstrated a willingness to contribute time, effort and financial resources to programs and activities that enhance the quality of life in the communities in which we live.
October 16, 2011 Armando Leighton was presented with “Profiles In Leadership Award” by Leadership Broward Foundation for his involvement with the community. Leadership Broward’s Mission is “To develop and inspire individuals to serve our community.”
The Sun Sentinel Co. gives the Excalibur Award annually to business leaders in South Florida who have distinguished themselves and contributed to the improvement of the region’s communities. Each fall, the Sun Sentinel Co. requests nominations for the Excalibur Award from the community. In November, several former Excalibur recipients and Sun Sentinel Co. executives select the winners. The nominees are judged on three main criteria:
- Ability to build and innovatively develop their company.
- Ability to increase company profits or stock value for shareholders, enhance customer service or create jobs or career opportunities within their company.
- Contributions to the South Florida community, especially in their commitment to actively participate as a leader in charitable and civic groups. The small business award honors an outstanding small business owner who is the sole proprietor of or who owns a controlling interest in their business.