A career that took off.
Once she switched to a career in the aviation industry, her professional life flourished.
After a successful career in the science and medical field, Deborah was looking for a job that would offer her flexibility once her son was born. Her husband was working at Rickenbacker International Airport in the Operations department, so she already had insight on the benefits, perks and hours. Although she had no experience in the aviation industry, she went ahead and applied. Little did she know she’d be launching a new career.
Deborah started at the ticket counter and quickly moved up the ranks to Station Leader for Allegiant Airlines at Rickenbacker International where she manages day-to-day operations. She also oversees federal regulation adherence, training and compliance with Allegiant policies, and conducts audits and meets service goals. A big part of her ability to make a smooth transition into a new industry was the training. “Allegiant has a great training program called Allegiant University,” she notes. That, combined with 1:1 training at the airport set her up for success right out of the gate.
While she loves her work and feels the impact she makes, the people are her favorite part of the job. “We’re like a big family,” she shares. “I can’t think of a single day I’ve dreaded coming to work.” If a crisis at home surfaces, she knows without a doubt a team member will cover for her. Throughout the years she’s gathered with co-workers for potlucks, game nights or book club meetings. “It’s nice to work with people I want to spend time with outside of work.”
As an integral part of the team for over seven years, Deborah has seen her co-workers achieve career success too. She’s seen cargo loaders become load masters, she’s witnessed airport police help team members transition into careers as K-9 officers, and she’s watched countless team and crew members rise up in the ranks. “An effort is made for most roles to be promoted from within,” she comments. Once you get your foot in the door at Rickenbacker International, there are countless opportunities for career growth. “The sky is literally the limit,” she laughs.