For Ron and Kari Lagace, the airline business was what brought them together, and it’s what keeps them together after 13 years of marriage. Having met while working for a small destination airline in Florida, Team Lagace began with perseverance – and perhaps some persistence.
“He wouldn’t leave me alone,” Kari recalls of their initial courtship. “He just always happened to show up at the coffee machine every time I was there.”
“I knew she was different than most women I’d met,” Ron added. “She had the same love for aviation that I had. We had gone to dinner a few times, but we spent our first Thanksgiving together on a beach, along a pier, and that was it.”
While the two both work in maintenance at Endeavor, they are hardly a high maintenance couple. After a recent move from New York to the headquarters in Minneapolis, the two enjoy their time together commuting to the office. They say laughing – often – is what keeps them moving, and being with a partner who understands the industry makes all the difference.
“You don’t understand this industry until you live it,” said Ron. “Kari knows aviation is everything I am; it’s what we do.”
“People joke around and ask us if we read the GMM together,” Kari added. “But this is our life, and we give it all we’ve got.”