Southwest The Magazine - September 2014 - (Page 28)

OUR STAR NOC Project Coordinator, Dallas Chris Whorley When Southwest Airlines' Network Operations Control needs a tech hero, they call Chris Whorley. Whether it's an issue with one of the NOC's many monitors or computer applications or with one of Southwest's multiple corporate initiatives, Chris fi nds the solution to the problem. It sounds stressful, but to Chris it's fun: "I get to come in and play with 80-inch monitors all day!" Keeping the NOC systems operational and up-to-date is a hefty job, but Chris accepts it with tenacity, humility, and a kind, Fun-LUVing Attitude. Chris has spent almost ten years with the NOC Team. GO-TO GUY Chris is an ace at fi xing tech issues. (For more about the NOC, see page 124.) He previously worked in Ground Operations in Baltimore/Washington. Over the years, he's been essential to a variety of special projects, including an initiative to upgrade airport gate and fl ight information display screens. He was one of three people chosen to complete the project and traveled to 52 Southwest stations not once but twice during the 18-month project. When Chris isn't calibrating NOC systems or brainstorming new programs, he's spending time with his wife of ten years, Kim, and his young daughter, Sydney. No matter how tired he is after a long day's work, when he gets home and Sydney says, "Daddy!," he's ready to play. Chris met Kim, who now works in the Southwest People Department, when they both worked in Baltimore/Washington Ground Operations. An avid traveler, Chris originally thought about being a pilot and actually got his license. But he found himself in LUV with the airline's tech side and preferred being grounded near his family. In his current job, he combines two of his favorite things: People and airplanes. He also LUVs the fl ight perks. "Kim and I are our parents' only children, so Southwest gives us the Freedom to spend time with family and allows our parents to see their grandchild," Chris says. We're happy to connect you to your family, Chris, and we're thankful you're a part of ours! -Erin Boren Blue Man Group is proud to give Chris Whorley two tickets to a Blue Man Group show as a token of appreciation for his work and dedication. Congratulations, Chris! 28 SOUTHWEST SEPTEMBER 2014 PHOTOGRAPHY BY TREVOR PAULHUS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Southwest The Magazine - September 2014

Southwest The Magazine - September 2014
Gary’s Greeting
Saludos de Gary
Straight from the Heart
You Made Our Day
Our Star
Rapid Rewards Freedom Story
From the Editor
Eat Drink Sleep
Wise Guide
Aristotle’s Book of Love
Save the Day!
Your Adventure in New Orleans
Promotional Series: Focus on Men’s Health
Products & Services
Community Outreach
Flight Service
Rapid Rewards Partner
Terminal Maps
Route Map
The "If" List

Southwest The Magazine - September 2014