When maintenance found a wallet on one of our aircraft without any contact details for the owner, Trans States mechanic Chris Gage went above and beyond to track down the owner.
As the former CEO of Baxter International, and now a professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg school of Management, I was truly surprised about something that recently happened to me. I was on a United flight in one of your planes from Chicago to Charlotte, and when I arrived at my hotel, I discovered I had lost my wallet for the first time in 50 years.
I called United, they searched the plane and found nothing. I was going to cancel all of my credit cards and stop payment on the several checks in my wallet, but I was running to give a speech and didn’t have time. Since my phone number was not in my wallet, I gave up hope. To my complete surprise, the next day I received a call from Chris Gage.
He told me that one of his colleagues had found the wallet, and he wanted to send it to me ASAP. When I asked how he located me, he stated that he had tried a number of ways to track me down, and when he found an AAA card in the wallet, he called them and was able to obtain my mobile number.
I have never met Chris Gage, but he struck me as a true values-based person, someone the world clearly needs more of.
When I thanked him, he told me he was just doing his job and didn’t need to be thanked.
Chris represents the values that drive us as a company – integrity, honesty, and perseverance. Chris is just one of hundreds of Trans States employees around the country going above and beyond for our passengers each and every day.