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Marc Trider

If you’ve been on a flight in or out of Baltimore/Washington International Airport recently, chances are First Officer Marc Trider was at the controls. Marc has served the airline industry as a pilot for more than 15 years and has been a proud member of the Southwest Airlines Family for the past eight.

Marc developed a passion for aviation at an early age. 
As a young boy, he lived near a military base in North Texas, and watching planes take off and land ultimately motivated him to get his pilot’s license. His motivation for pursuing a career at Southwest, however, came from a different source.

“When I was a teenager, I had the opportunity to hear Southwest Cofounder Herb Kelleher speak,” Marc remembers. “He talked about the importance of keeping your Employees happy—which ensures that your Customers will be happy. Southwest makes me feel like part of a Family. 
I think that sets us apart from other places I’ve worked.”

Marc’s favorite thing about his job is the Freedom to adjust his schedule to fit his busy lifestyle. He and his wife, Tina, are constantly on the go, juggling the hobbies and school activities of their two sons, David and Andrew. Marc appreciates the flexibility that a First Officer’s schedule provides. When they’re not cheering at their sons’ sporting events, they’re enjoying day trips to nearby destinations 
like Boston and New York City. Marc’s must-see Southwest destination? Niagara Falls, a quick jaunt from Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Although Marc is a family man first and foremost, he 
is also diligent about finding time to participate in Adopt-A-Pilot, a nationwide Southwest mentoring program for fifth-grade students. Since he makes it a priority to visit at least five classrooms a year, it’s no wonder his Coworkers commend him for his Servant’s Heart.

When asked about the responsibilities of his job, Marc is firm about the bottomline: “My job is to get people to their destinations safely and efficiently.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Marc. Thanks for being such a valuable Member of our Team! —Liz Blumberg

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