To Colleen and Herb,
Congratulations!! Congratulations for so many things. Congratulations for creating and nurturing the best company in the world! Congratulations for having foresight, incredible planning and decision making skills! Congratulations for the superb employee selection process that SWA has apparently utilized over the past 30 something years! Congratulations for making this difficult decision to take a much needed break! You both definitely deserve it.
I am a retired SWA employee, still enjoying the freedom to fly and so many other benefits that I have come away with as an employee of SWA. I learned so very much at SWA - I learned how to love people (not just family), I learned how to have fun and work hard so that others could have fun an enjoy life. I learned how to appreciate team spirit and the SWA culture. I learned that people like Herb and Colleen and Gary don't just happen! I feel super blessed and extremely fortunate to have worked for a company that is led by such indomitable forces.
When I first received the news, I set dumbfounded - a bit in shock. I then said to myself, "Oh, my goodness, what is going to happen to SWA." I soon regrouped and realized that Herb and Colleen know exactly what they are doing. As leaders, they know that they are leaving the company in good hands with Gary and all the rest of that 30,000 something employees that really love SWA and share in its culture. So, why am I doing all this babbling? Because I wanted to say 3 things: 1) Congratulations, 2) I have the greatest respect for you and the company that you have so lovingly built, and 3) Thank you for allowing me to share a few years of my life at SWA.
I wish you both the best!!
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