On a beautiful Saturday in October, employees from around the country gathered in St. Louis to celebrate GoJet’s 10th anniversary. The family-friendly party offered something for everyone, including food, music, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a balloon artist and inflatables. GoJet employees and their families had a blast enjoying the wonderful weather and camaraderie–even our COO, Terry Basham, was spotted on the inflatables (see if you can spot him in the below photos!).
The event culminated with a check presentation to the Missouri Military Memorial Foundation, a 501(c) non-profit raising funds to erect a memorial monument to Missouri servicemen and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The organization was founded by Chris Andrews, the mother of Sergeant Amanda Pinson, a servicewoman killed in action in 2006. Sergeant Pinson is the niece of St. Louis employee Sandy Campbell. Sandy and Chris were both on hand to accept GoJet’s $5,000 donation.
The party in St. Louis was the last of the festivities commemorating GoJet’s 10 year anniversary–in the weeks prior, the leadership team had a great time celebrating with crews in RDU, ORD, LGA and DEN. Here’s to the next 10 years!
A lifelong fascination with planes is what started Wes Perkins down the path that ultimately led to GoJet Airlines. When he realized that his love of planes could translate into a career path, Wes made the decision to study aviation in college, graduating from the University of Central Missouri with a degree in Aviation Maintenance Management in 2005. After college, Wes joined the Maintenance team at Trans States Airlines, where he spent nearly a decade working in Production Area Control, as well as assisting with heavy checks and lease returns.
Wes was hired by the GoJet in February of 2014 as a Fleet Support Coordinator, a position he held for just over a year. He was recently promoted to Senior Manager, Maintenance Control and Line Operations, a newly created position where he is responsible for the overall quality, efficiency and safety of Maintenance Control and Maintenance Line Stations, as well as for their adherence to regulatory and company policy. Wes says that the most enjoyable part of his new position is visiting the stations and learning from employees first-hand what they need to be efficient.
Wes lives in Winfield, Missouri with his wife, a fourth grade teacher, and their two children. When he’s not working, Wes enjoys hunting and fishing, as well as using his non-rev privileges to visit family in Washington State.
Three little known facts about Wes:
- He has a private pilot’s license (though he doesn’t get a chance to use it very often).
- He used to work on a cattle ranch, riding with the ranch hands and taking care of a large cattle operation.
- Wes is an avid trap shooter and enjoys participating in trap shooting competitions.
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The leadership team had a great time chatting with crews and MX employees in ORD and DEN during the second round of spring Meet & Greets last week! Thanks to everyone who was able to come out and share feedback with the leadership team.
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The leadership team will be hitting the road again next week for round two of the spring Meet and Greets! You can catch up with them in ORD on April 27 or in DEN on April 28. The DEN event will also serve as the official grand opening of the new DEN crew room! For complete details, please refer to email or Comply.
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We hope to see you there!
We’ve received multiple Above & Beyond nominations for LGA MX team member Juan Ramirez. Here’s what Juan’s co-workers had to say about him:
This individual has managed to meet and greet most of the flights into LGA, while minimizing delays and crew write ups. This individual has also dedicated more time to the troubleshooting of items before deferring for a more accurate repair.
another of Juan’s co-workers said:
Jaun Ramirez has been a great help to our operational performance and keeping our DMI count under control for our delta fleet in LGA. He meets the aircraft even when not instructed to try to clear any MEL’s posible and fix any small issues the crew has before they become big problems in outstations.
Juan has been entered in the Maintenance category of the third quarter Above & Beyond program. The winner of each category will win a $50 Visa gift card and will be entered in the Employee of the Year contest at the end of the year.
A big thanks to Juan’s co-workers who took the time to tell us about the great job he does!