Guess what? We’ve got a new team member! Her name is Melinda and she joined the ID90 Travel Family at the beginning of this new year. We’ve been ecstatic to have her, and she’s fitting in perfectly. Now sure, we’ve gotten to get to know her, but you haven’t! That’s why we’ve provided you with a lovely 1-on-1 interview with her below.
Read on to meet our lovely new CFO, you’ll be glad you did!
I’m the CFO – It stands for Chief Financial Officer, but I sometimes dream it’s really Chief Fun Officer. Overall, I am responsible for overseeing the company’s financial activities and operations. I am also a strategic partner and advisor to the CEO on how we grow profitably.
Where did you grow up?
Dallas! I love this city and the people here are amazing. Dallas is a generous and hospitable community. There are so many opportunities. I would consider it perfect if we had a beach and mountains.
Imagine you’re given an unlimited budget and unlimited time, where would you travel?
Hmm… I love France (I know, so boring. I really do want to travel to Africa as I’ve been to every continent but Africa and Antartica), but I am partial to the French lifestyle and food. Since I can get by with my French skills I would be able to explore the small villages and really explore!
What is the last thing you watched on TV or the last book you read?
I absolutely love audiobooks, which is good for my long commute! Since I started with ID90 Travel I have listened to Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility (about the culture at Netflix), Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls and Hillbilly Ellegy and I highly recommend all of them! I like to vary between business, self-development, and “for fun” in my books.
What is your go-to traveling hack/tip?
Have a preprinted packing list for your kids and let them pack themselves with only checking for a few essentials! Once my kids were a little older, I had them start doing this and it helped alleviate my stress of getting a family of five ready for a trip. As long as they had some essentials that would be harder to buy, I was okay with them wearing things multiple days and they learned they needed to be thoughtful about what they packed. Now, of course, I still get into debates with my son that he really needs to take more than two outfits for a week trip.
Who inspires you? Where do draw your motivation from?
I am motivated and inspired by so many people around me! I’ve spent most of my career (over 20 years) in public accounting with incredibly high performing people, and I had amazing role models who helped shaped my young career and provided me guidance. Simply being around high performers always motivated me to always do my best, do the right thing, and keep dreaming big. I have wonderful parents who also guided me and inspired me to be the best me.
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do, but have never had the chance to?
I went to Australia when I was in college and bungee jumping was just becoming big. We, of course, all wanted to try it but our professor wouldn’t let any of us do it since she promised to bring us all home alive! I think I’d try skydiving once my kids are off the payroll!
Tell us three things about yourself & make one a lie.
I was a water ski counselor growing up. I’ve been to 49 US states. I love being spontaneous.
What’s the best trip you’ve ever been on?
That one is so tough! I’ve been blessed to have been on so many wonderful trips. Probably one of the most memorable was traveling through Scandinavia in the summer of 2003 (when our oldest daughter was ten months old). We were moving back to Dallas after living in Paris, France, for three years. We bought a Volvo and picked it up in Sweden and then drove it through Norway, Sweden, and Denmark for three weeks. It was so memorable because we had no other responsibilities than just enjoying ourselves and exploring. With my kids, it’s probably the trip where we went to Alaska to celebrate my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary on a land/cruise adventure. The scenery was absolutely incredible!
What’s your favorite kind of vacation?
I want to be a beach person, but I really enjoy being outside with my family exploring.
What’s your most bizarre talent?
Hmm, I don’t know. Maybe that I know a ton a people? So you know what that means… I’m probably really close to meeting Kevin Bacon, right? #6DegreesOfKevinBacon
What’s your travel style?
Local style – I like to understand what locals do and take my time to soak in a new city. For me, it’s about enjoying the city and surroundings and not checking off the sights from the “Top 10 List”.
Besides the obvious role-related “new position” tasks, what else are you excited to sink your teeth into here at ID90 Travel?
Just being able to have so much fun with our product in that we have a great purpose for our company and we are aligned in creating value in our community.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Generous, Thoughtful, Supportive (My 10-year-old son Ian, came up with the last two!)
Thanks for sharing, Melinda! And thank you, Interliner, for stopping by. We hope you enjoyed getting to know our new teammate, and that you’ll come back to meet more of our family in the future! Leave any questions you have for Melinda in the comment section below. Until next time, Interliners. Safe travels and keep your eyes on the skies!
Author: Emily (@ID90 Travel)
Emily is the Content Marketing Manager here at ID90 Travel. An avid non-rev flyer (she grew up in the industry), and passionate private pilot, Emily can’t get enough of all things aviation. When not writing awesome ID90 Travel content she can be found on a Texas patio, being one with nature, or annoying her ID90T co-workers with her many, many, crowdsourcing questions.