100 of Delta's very top employees received the company's most prestigious employee recognition
One-hundred employees were honored Thursday evening at the 22nd annual Chairman's Club gala for exceptional careers characterized by a strong work ethic, a spirit of selflessness and a heart for service.
Following a Hollywood-themed Red Carpet celebration filled with music, prizes and cheering colleagues, family and friends, honorees entered the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta for a memorable evening hosted by CEO Ed Bastian, Chairman of the Board Frank Blake and emcees Allison Ausband, Senior Vice President – In-Flight Service and Greg Kennedy, Senior Vice President – Airport Customer Service.
Seated under the "Spirit of Delta" 767 in the Museum's Hangar 2, honorees were commended for serving as role models to their peers, embodying the Rules of the Road and exemplifying the Delta Difference in everything they do.
"You're not just the best of the best at Delta," Bastian told the honorees. "We know Delta is leading the global industry; you're the best of the best in the world in what you do across the entire airline industry, and it's extraordinary."
During the evening, Mike Robidoux, First Officer – Flight Ops, was admitted as the Chairman's Club's first posthumous honoree. Robidoux died while saving two children from drowning in March 2018. In recognition of his selfless act, Robidoux's peers submitted more than 300 Chairman's Club nominations on his behalf, the most ever received by a single honoree.
Accompanied on stage by Robidoux's family, Bastian revealed the creation of the "Mike Robidoux Angel Award," which will be awarded annually to a Delta employee who "goes extraordinarily beyond the normal acts of kindness, bravery and service."
After the honorees were called to the stage to receive their gold Chairman's Club pins and before the evening concluded, honorees were reminded of the perks that come with their recognition: two Delta One tickets to anywhere Delta flies; 25,000 My Rewards points; their name installed on an aircraft placard for one year; and a trip to Toulouse, France, in 2019 to accept delivery of an Airbus 350.
On an unforgettable night, honorees were blown away by their Chairman's Club experience.
"The level of recognition that my colleagues and I received today was just off the charts. I have goosebumps running up and down my spine," said honoree Rolf Waller – Flight Attendant (Minneapolis). "I'm so grateful for my colleagues who put me in the position to receive this amazing experience."
Shantay Small, Administrative Assistant – Cargo, echoed Waller's feelings. "This experience has made me feel like my husband proposed to me again. Chairman's Club recognition is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I'm honored that out of more than 80,000 employees, I'm one of the few who has been chosen to join the club."
The 2018 honoree class represents 28 Delta stations in four countries with an average of 21 years of service. Honorees were selected following a three-month review process conducted by selection committees comprised of employees and leaders vetting more than 7,000 nominations.