What is your position at FlightStats?
What made you interested in what you do?
I fell into travel right out of high school when I needed a job. I started out in reservations at American Airlines and then I was a supervisor in customer service. I really started to get into product management when a travel agency needed someone with my skill set. What has kept me interested in what I do is the fact that the travel industry is constantly changing. You never have the same day twice in travel. There is always some new opportunity that becomes available. I personally enjoy change because I get bored easily. If something is not continuing to keep my interest, then it can be hard for me to stay focused. Luckily, the travel industry constantly stimulates me.
How long have you been working at FlightStats?
How has FlightStats evolved since you started?
We have built a significant amount of trust between the product and development teams. We know that we can rely on each other to get things done and we get along really well. We’ve also stepped back from developing products that only meet the needs of a single customer and evolved into developing products that serve multiple customers. Our products are phenomenal and we have so many options, which means customers can pick and choose what works for them.
What do you like about working at FlightStats?
The people. The company offers a very talented and professional group of people to work with. I think the fact that no one is afraid to voice their opinion is an added bonus because that’s something you don’t find in a lot of company cultures. In most environments, people are usually afraid to contradict what someone says, but that’s not the case here.
What’s the best part of being a Product Manager at FlightStats?
I like being able to influence the products offered in the marketplace as well as build things our customers want and need.
What are your hopes for our industry?
I want more people to think outside of the box and realize some of the ways we can help them out. As data providers, we have a lot to offer in terms of helping travel entities solve problems and create new innovations. I want people to look for patterns and look for those opportunities that will continue to enhance the travel industry as a whole. I want them to embrace the data and technology they have at their fingertips.
What do you do in your free time?
I’m a single parent of three children so I don’t have a lot of free time. In addition to my children’s school sports, school work and other activities, I spend time crafting or participating in the Jeep community. The Jeep community is pretty down-to-earth. We do odd things such as naming our Jeeps (mine is named Lil’ Bit) and going off-roading. But the community tends to be focused on helping others out. We recently did a huge sleeping bags and socks drive for the homeless. We also put together 400+ “goodie” bags filled with food, hats, gloves and socks and walked around downtown Fort Worth passing out these items to the homeless.
Any other fun facts you want to share?
I love history! I have gone skydiving, base diving, bungee jumping. My goal is to travel to every country in the world. I have traveled extensively through the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Eastern Europe, New Zealand, Australia, etc. My bucket list includes traveling to Fiji, Belize and the Galapagos Islands and going on an archeological dig to uncover historical artifacts.