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Airline Aficionado Shares His Warrior Spirit in Kansas City

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It would be an understatement to say that Stan Selix had some airline experience before starting with Southwest. He was a Station Manager with an airline consulting firm in Orlando, owned and operated his own airfreight forwarding business in Kansas City, and worked for a scheduled charter airline in Philadelphia. Stan made his way to SWA after a loyal Customer from his airfreight business, who was also a longtime Southwest Cargo Customer, recognized how well Stan’s Warrior Spirit would fit with SWA and encouraged him to apply. When the position opened, Stan finally listened to her recommendation and joined the SWA Family as a parttime Operations Agent at Kansas City International Airport (MCI) in October 2010.

And fit he has! Stan became a fulltime Agent, and his obvious Warrior Spirit and Servant’s Heart quickly led him to be promoted to an Operations Supervisor last September.

“Stan excelled in performing the duties and responsibilities of an Operations Agent, all the way from his Customer Service to his commitment to ontime performance,” said MCI Operations Supervisor Ed McCoy  

His dedication to our Customers and operations was recognized when he was awarded the MCI Operations Employee of the Month in January 2011, not long after being hired.

Stan says the best part of his job is his MCI Family.

“My favorite part about the Station is the people within it,” Stan said. “It’s a great bunch, and they’re really FUN to work with.”

According to Ed, the feeling is mutual.

“He is respected by his peers—not only in Operations, but in Customer Service and Ramp as well,” Ed said.

For Stan, people are what make the difference, and Southwest Airlines knows all about that.

“I have been pleasantly surprised at how well Southwest takes care of its Employees,” Stan said. “They work very hard to watch out for their own.”

I interviewed Stan to learn even more about his passions outside of work.  

Tell us about your family.

My wife has been in the trucking industry for over 25 years (and is very good at what she does, I might add), and our teenage daughter enjoys playing softball and piano. We also have two sons who work and live in the area, so we are fortunate to see them often. Keeping up with and taking care of my family helps me stay positive.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

I am an avid golfer, and I love to watch St. Louis Cardinals baseball. Go Redbirds!

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Australia—I’ve never been, and I’ve heard it’s great!

What would you ask Herb Kelleher, Southwest Airlines Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, if you ever met him?

He has probably already been asked, but I would ask if he really thought the Company would grow to be as big and prosperous as it is today when they drew the triangle on the cocktail napkin.