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   Vol. 23 No. 14
Tuesday March 26, 2024

United Campfire Gathering

Mark Albrecht, Peggy Guse, Jacques Leijssenaar, Jim Bellinder and Jan Krems

     We’ve gotten kind of used to having meetings that are described as roundtables that are not round or fireside chats minus the fire, but in Houston United Campfire Gathering got the job done and was electric.
     While Cookie prepared the meals over at the chuckwagon and mechanical bulls and line-dancing experts waited in the wings, United Airlines Worldwide Sales and Cargo Conference 2024 in early February, themed "Limitless New Frontiers" took off with both Cargo and Passenger Sales teams in Houston.
     Of course, Houston having been the home of Continental Airlines for some, the journey was a welcome back to some good, old-fashioned Texas hospitality, spending three days "Home on the Range” networking, and sharing how to better serve customers, and how to keep it all going as the commanding leader of innovative air cargo solutions amongst the airlines of the world today.
     Studying this homespun picture taken deep in the heart of Texas and the body language and the faces of these great relaxed people in their ten-gallon or four-quart hats, tells a story here that imagines its own flight of fancy.
     It's fun and business—the way life ought to be.
     “We celebrate our employees and the special affection we all have for each other and our business partners as well,” Jan Krems, President United Cargo (far right) notes as the High Sluices Drifter from Chicago surveys the scene.
     “How long I gotta stoke this fire?” says the great ragtime cowboy Jim Bellinder, Senior Regional Manager, Cargo Latin America sitting next to Jan in the room electric.
     “Happy to be in Houston,” Peggy Guse, Vice President Cargo Marketing, Customer Service & Alliances smiles on the panel.
     To Ms. Guse's left, Jacques Leijssenaar, the EMEIA boss man asks no one in particular:
     “All y' all know when the Line Dancing and the Mechanical Bull Riding starts up?”
     Mark Albrecht, Global Managing Director, Cargo Logistics sitting to the right of Peggy replies:
     “Whoa easy partner, Big fun is every minute here and you can’t beat that with a stick.”Yippee ki-yo-ki-yay!!

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