It's the LUV month and at the LUV airline, our dear friend Cupid has shot more than a few arrows into the hearts of our Employees. Here’s a look at a few of the more than 1,400 amazing LUV Couples (Southwest Employees who are married to another Southwest Employee) who have dedicated themselves not only to Southwest but also to each other.
Craig & Amy Henrichsen
Years Married: Two years
Children: Craig has two daughters, who are both married: Stephanie (27) and Emily (25). Amy has one daughter in college—McKenzie (20).
When did you meet: We met in 2001 during Pilot interviews. I was a Recruiter and Craig was interviewing new Pilots.
Your first thought when you saw him: Oh great, another Pilot who probably wants to train me on how to interview Pilots.
Your first thought when you saw her: Oh great, another new Recruiter we have to train on how to interview Pilots.
The best part of working with your spouse: This might sound a little cheesy, but we both came up with it immediately so it was our gut reaction. The best is what we are able to learn from each other about different aspects of the business. One of us gets insight into the Operations side, and the other learns about the Headquarters perspective. We believe this makes us better Employees for the Company we LUV!
Thomas & Brooke Johnson
Years Married: Ten years on Feb 14, 2014!
Children: We have eight-year-old twins: Kailey and Kole. In fact, we spent our second wedding anniversary in the hospital waiting for them to come. We also have two furry babies—mini schnauzers, Yogi and Guinness.
When did you meet: October 1998 at Gate 15 in Portland, Ore.
Your first thought when you saw him: Slacker! He was wearing sweat pants & headphones at work. Who does that?!
Your first thought when you saw her: She was so bubbly and happy spirited.
The best part of working with your spouse: Knowing that we understand the other person’s job and can support one another. We also have so much FUN together.
Courtney & Julie McGrath
Years married: Two years, but we’ve been together for almost 12. That counts, right?
Children: We have two four-legged kids—Lucy and Linus—who rescued us.
When did you meet: We met on a blind date in March 2002 in Austin. We were set up by a Coworker.
Your first thought when you saw him: The first time I saw him was in a photo that he sent to me. Of all the pictures he could have used, he sent me one with him standing with the band members of Creed. I was stumped on which guy he was. I had to call a Coworker who was an avid fan of the band to see if she could pick him out. Finally after she did I thought, ‘Hmm, he's pretty dang good lookin’!’
Your first thought when you saw her: I also first saw her in a picture. From what I could tell she looked cute, but I remember thinking ‘Why is this picture taken from so far away and why is she hiding behind those ski goggles?’ I later found out that was all done on purpose until she evaluated my picture.
The best part of working with your spouse: Although it's rare, it's nice to have a coffee or lunch together, not to mention catching a ride to work together every now and then. It's also great that both of us are familiar enough with the operation to take full advantage of our route network when traveling.