Employee Appreciation Week 2016

Fall doesn’t just bring cooler temperatures and changing leaves – at Trans States Airlines, fall also brings our annual Employee Appreciation Week celebration!  This week-long event, packed with food, games, and prizes, is our way of saying thank you to our employees for all of their hard work  This year’s festivities wrapped up last Friday, and everyone is still talking about all of the fun they had.

One of the best things about Employee Appreciation Week is the food!  Base Managers at all of our crew bases spent the week making sure that our crews were well fed.  Our Raleigh crew had a smorgasbord of sweets on Monday, followed by breakfast sandwiches, sandwich rolls, tacos and pizza.

Taco Thursday at our Raleigh-Durham crew base

Brenton Daniels, the Denver Base Manager, took advantage of the nice weather to barbecue for employees right on the ramp!

Brenton shows us an innovative new way to cook beans!

We also gave away a FitBit at each crew base!  Congratulations to Captain Jorge Velasquez, who won the FitBit given away in St. Louis!


At the St. Louis headquarters on Tuesday, corporate leaders threw a “come as you are” breakfast (which was pajamas for many) for all employees, complete with a caricature booth and balloon artist.  The leadership team manned griddles and hotplates, and served up an impressive spread that included sausage, eggs, pancakes, and even a smoothie bar.

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Other events throughout the week included the very popular “Take Your Dog To Work Day,”


a gourmet cupcake truck,


and a friendly game of Family Feud that pitted Trans States employees against employees of our sister carrier, GoJet Airlines.

One of the biggest events of the week was the annual washers tournament.  This year was the tournament’s biggest year yet, with 35 teams participating.  Our Maintenance department has established a washers dynasty over the years, and many teams from other departments were eager to de-throne them. However, Maintenance remained dominant again this year, and we again had a Maintenance vs. Maintenance championship game!

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Maintenance was again dominant on Friday, winning the annual tug-of-war competition between Maintenance Hangar and the corporate office.

Rick Leach congratulates the Maintenance team on beating the corporate in tug-of-war (again).

On Friday, employees also enjoyed a barbecue


a mini-classic car show (we have some employees with really cool cars!).

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and an afternoon of “knockerball.”


Employee Appreciation Week 2016 was definitely one to remember!  We’re already looking forward to next year!


Employee Appreciation Week: Day Two

Here are some of the highlights from the second day of Employee Appreciation Week at the headquarters building in STL! Everyone feasted on breakfast made by Rick Leach and the leadership team, while a balloon artist created custom balloon art in the lobby. Players and spectators alike enjoyed the beautiful weather as the 2015 Washers Tournament continued on the lawn.

Festivities at the crew bases included Chick-fil-A at IAD, and donuts, bagels and fruit at DEN.  ORD provided morning grab n’ go snack, while STL crew members enjoyed pancakes and egg sandwiches in the morning, followed by grilled cheese for lunch.

We hope that everyone is enjoying Employee Appreciation Week!  If you have any pictures that you’d like to share, please send them to lori.asbury@tshstl.com or stacey.ross@tshslt.com.  We’ve got more fun activities in store for tomorrow!

Happy Employee Appreciation Week!

We hope that you all enjoyed the first day of Employee Appreciation Week! Today the crew rooms enjoyed a variety of treats, including hot dogs at IAD, candy bars and fruit at STL, grab ‘n go snacks at DEN, and a hot breakfast and lunch at ORD.  The STC Building started the week off with Candy Bar Day, along the first day of the Fifth Annual Washers Tournament.  The annual Employee Appreciation Week Washers Tournament has become a tradition at the headquarters building, with 27 teams competing in washers action this year.

The latest Washers Tournament bracket and scores can be viewed anytime at http://challonge.com/2015washerstournament.

Here are a few pictures from the start of the tournament!  If you have any pictures from Employee Appreciation Week that you’d like to share, please send them to stacey.ross@tshstl.com or lori.asbury@tshstl.com.