Voices of Experience Hosted Two CEOs in April and May

May 29, 2013

Gary Kelly, Chairman, President and CEO of Southwest Airlines, Talks Success, Culture and Business Approaches

At the final Voices of Experience of the 2012-2013 season, Daniels Dean Christine Riordan sat down with Gary Kelly, chairman, president and CEO of Southwest Airlines. Kelly is a 27-year Southwest veteran, who joined the company in 1986 as controller. He moved up through the ranks to CFO and VP finance, executive vice president and CFO, and CEO and vice chairman. Kelly became chairman and president in 2008, filling the big shoes of co-founder and Southwest icon Herb Kelleher. Read full story and watch the video»

Robert Katz, CEO and Chairman of Vail Resorts, Inc., Shares Leadership Lessons

In 2002, Rob Katz came to Colorado seeking a life change. The former Wall Street executive had enjoyed a long career at Apollo Management and before that, Citigroup and New Street Capital. After searching the country for a great place where he and his wife could raise their two young children, the couple landed in Boulder, where Katz spent several years consulting while he set out to find himself.

Before long, his phone rang with an offer he couldn’t refuse.

In 2006, Katz became the CEO of Vail Resorts, Inc.—for which he had been a director since 1996. At 39, he admits he had a lot to learn. And in the seven years since, Katz has certainly learned a great deal, which he shared with the Voices of Experience audience on April 1. Read full story and watch the video»