Wichita scores 1st PI 'boarding' Wichita. Kansas, wants Piedmont in a big way. That's why a large bill board reading "Wichita” appeared recently on Liberty Street in Winston- Salem. just a short dis tance from our corporate headquarters. "We just thought it would be a way of keeping our name in front of Pied mont as they go through some decision processes over the next few months,” Larry Danielson, vice presi dent of economic develop ment for the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce, told a reporter for the Winston-Salem Journal. "It’s no secret to Pied mont that we in Wichita are very actively seeking additional air service, and we know Piedmont Airlines is a growing and healthy airline. And we would like to see them have a pres ence in our city," Danielson said. Wichita has been wooing us for more than a year. Senator Robert Dole, R- ftonsas, has popped in twice to see Bill Howard, our president and chief executive officer, and Senator Nancy L. Kasse- baum, R-Kansas, has also made a pitch to Howard for Piedmont to serve the city. Will the pressure work? Wichita will just liavc to wail and see. But you can bet with tactics like these, this city will get a lot of consideration as wc jjlan our future growth. volume 37, number 3 April 1986 New careers open as PI-UR meld When Piedmont announced the acquisition of Empire Airlines last October, Bill Howard, Piedmont president and chief executive offi cer, made it clear that each Empire employee would be offered a job within the merged organization. For some Empire employees, that will mean a substantial change in their job functions, and, in some cases, the prospect of a move to a new location. For others, job responsibilities will remain much the same. But whether employees stay in their present position or move into new careers, they are quickly adapting to a new way of corporate life. Here's a look at six of Piedmont’s newest employees, and the changes in their careers. Reinhard Bohling, a lead me chanic, has worked at Empire's Utica maintenance facility for nearly five years, and he will con tinue in this position after the acquisition is complete May L Bohling, a native of the Saranac Lake/Lake Placid region in north eastern New York, presently lives in the Utica area with his wife and daughter. He represents the vast majority of the Empire Mainte nance Department who find the merger means for them improved work schedules, higher compensa tion, and a greater long-term career opportunity. Reinhard Bohling, lead mechanic, UCA "I’m looking forward to the changeover,” Bohling said. "We’ll have the ability to expand into dif ferent aircraft." Diane Blank, a "native New Yorker," has worked for Empire as a passenger service representative at LGA since October of 1980. Blank said that she has enjoyed working with her group, and, "I hope the Empire family will grow within the Piedmont organization." Since Empire and Piedmont operations have been combined at LGA, the Empire ground agents are now involved with 55 daily arrivals and departures as opposed to eight. "We are working harder and we are busier throughout the day with the greater number of flights,” Blank said. "Because of the short age of space at LX}A. the Piedmont/ Empire operation is handled through gates at separate con courses. This is something which will be corrected soon, but it makes working at LGA more challenging." She added: "Piedmont offers an muirc- t KiOJf'P opportunity to vary the routine and to learn additional and more spe cialized jobs.” F28 Captain Richard lYcpiak. who started with Empire in the right seat of a Navajo in 1978, has moved (hrough the ranks of Empire’s Heel of Metro lls and now flies in the left seal of the F28. How does he feel about (he merger'? "I'm excited about i(. ’ IVcpiak said. He is looking forward lo flying larger aircraft, belter schedules, higher compensation, and im proved job security with a major carrier. Although "lYepiak will con tinue living in Rome and work ou( of the UCA-SYR base lor now, his smile widened as he spoke of (he possibility of relocating lo a South ern base, perhaps flve lo six years down the road. "I certainly would like upgrading to a Boeing, nol lo mention being nearer to all those great golf courses,” he said. lYepiak also commented on the way Empire employees have han dled the transition period saying, "I'm proud lo be working among ]jrofessionals who make this transi tion period so smooth and elficient." Bonnie Adey. a general sales agent al Empire's Reservations Center in UCA for the past three years, feels lhal reservations has had the easiest transition of all the departments. Adey, a native of Rome, NY, who continued page 4

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