Vice President Flight Operations
Title: Vice President Flight Operations
JOB DESCRIPTION: Alan's primary responsibility is serving our 8,000-plus Flight Operations Employees. He provides Leadership and support to the department, which includes 10 Pilot Bases, Crew Planning/Scheduling/Payroll, and the Flight Training Center. He works with his Team to develop and implement policy and procedures to ensure safe and efficient flight operations at Southwest. Additionally, he currently oversees the Regulatory Programs & Compliance group and serves as Southwest's Director of Operations.
EXPERIENCE: Alan was hired as a Southwest Pilot in September 2000 and upgraded to Captain in 2007. He worked in Flight Operations Safety and served in various management positions within Flight Operations and the former Operational Control Center. Prior to serving as Director of Operations he served as Assistant Director of Operations. Prior to Southwest he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration, Corporate and Charter Operations as Pilot, Chief Pilot, and Director of Operations. He is also an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.
EDUCATION: Alan received his pilot training and credentials at Ohio State University.
LENGTH OF SERVICE AT SOUTHWEST: Started September 30, 2000
FAMILY: Alan and his wife Karly have three boys; Ryan is 24 and attending college, Kyle is 20 and in the US Marines, and Seth is 13.
FIRST PAYING JOB: Busboy at Steak and Ale Restaurant
PROUDEST MOMENT: The birth of each of my boys
BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: If you're not sufficiently versed on a subject to have an opinion, then don't offer one.
BEST ADVICE EVER GIVEN: Integrity is something that can't be taken away, but it can be given away. Always maintain your integrity or you will lose respect. Lose respect and you've lost your Team.