Five Questions With Virgin America CEO, David Cush

By: Kelle Marsalis, Director, Small Business Programs & Member Services

David Cush, President & CEO of Virgin America, will headline the DRC’s Small Business Speaker Series next week in Dallas. Cush will discuss his success with the company over the past four years, including record-setting growth and their many major industry best-in-class awards.

Virgin America began service with Dallas between San Francisco and Los Angeles just over one year ago. An SMU graduate, Cush is coming back to the Metroplex to celebrate this partnership and give attendees a glimpse at what’s next for the growing airline.

We sat down with Mr. Cush and asked him a few questions in preparation for his visit.

What is one tool you couldn’t do your job without? E-mail.

My favorite thing about the Metroplex is… Tex-Mex… hands down.

What is one interesting fact about you or the company the public probably doesn’t know? One thing most people don’t know is 20 years ago, the founding CEO, Fred Reid, and I worked side by side for two years in London with American Airlines.

What was your first job and what was the best lesson you took from that position? Another thing a lot of people do not know— my first job when was when I was a teenager. I unloaded trucks with 50-lb bags of chemical soil additive. The lesson learned— (and quickly I might add)— get an education.

Twitter or Facebook? Neither.

For more information on the January 17 Small Business Speaker Series event, Click here.

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