We’ve introduced you to many members of our team – from both our Texas and Argentina offices – but now it’s time to meet the man behind it all. Say hello to Mike Stacy, our beloved CEO. As the husband of a former airline employee, he’s gotten to know the airline industry pretty well. He’s an avid traveler, father of three, and lover of innovation. Read on to learn more.
Mike Stacy & “Hey, who brought in these cookies?”
My role as the CEO is to foster and be the example for the culture of ID90 Travel, set our overall business strategy, hire great people to execute, make sure they have all they need to be super successful and get out of their way.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Saginaw, Michigan, and it had a tremendous amount of influence on me as I think it provided the foundation for the values I hold dear to this day and the work ethic I have. I grew up with so many fantastic people that still inspire me to this day. I also lived in New York City, Los Angeles, Denver and Paris, France, and each place opened my eyes to a different perspective on life.
Who (or what) inspires you to be the best you?
I’m inspired and learn from so many people, but I would have to say #1. Warren Buffet — not because of his wealth, but because of his character and intellect. Also certainly, #2. Jeff Bezos, because you have to appreciate that he not only created Amazon.com but also Amazon Web Services — two hugely successful business. And #3. Herb Kelleher for being the force behind one of greatest aviation stories of our time. One of the items on my bucket-lis is to have a shot of Wild Turkey with him. #4. Tony Hsieh at Zappos for his unrelenting focus on creating the ultimate company culture, and turning the commodity business of selling shoes into an amazing customer experience.
As far as what drives me? I know it’s cliché, but I absolutely love working with our team who is self-motived to create great customer experiences for people through technology and human service.
What is your go-to traveling hack or tip?
Never, ever check a bag. Our family travels all the time, and the kids know that checking is not an option. Also, since I travel extensively for business, I always have a plan for how I’m going to spend my time on the flight. How much work I’m going to do followed by catching up on my reading and, depending on the length of the flight, maybe I’ll watch a movie.
Tell us three things about yourself & make one a lie.
I love the key lime pie from Publix. I ran with the bulls in Pamplona. I’m kinda messy.
What is the last TV show you watched, song you listened to, or book you read?
Breaking Bad (I know, I’m way behind, but I’m not a huge TV watcher!) and “At All Costs,” a documentary on youth basketball. The last song I listened to was “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy”— I’m going through a small country music phase. And I just finished reading Shoe Dog which is an autobiography by the founder of Nike, Phillip Knight.
You’re given an unlimited budget and unlimited time, where do you travel?
Right now I’m very fascinated with India as it’s a country that I have not visited.
What’s your favorite kind of vacation?
Any place where I’m with my family.
What’s the best trip you’ve ever been on?
We (my family and I) have been fortunate to have taken many great trips, but one that really stands out is a trip to Cuba I took with my wife back in 2000. We met with government officials who were trying to assure us that life was better for their citizens since Castro’s rule. However, walking around Havana and the surrounding villages and talking to the locals told a very different story. We were able to visit families that told us how prosperous their grandparents were compared to the how they and their parents live. Despite the downside of communist rule, we were able to find pockets of entrepreneurialism in the paladares, which are restaurants people open in their own homes, sometimes in small apartments with kitchens that are the size of an airplane galley. The food, the enthusiasm to serve and the overall graciousness of our hosts is something we’ll never forget.
What’s your “travel style?”
I’m a beach bum. I love my shorts and t-shirts.
What’s your most bizarre talent?
I’m pretty good at identifying celebrity voiceovers.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Adventurous, Open-Minded, Curious.
That’s it! We hope you enjoyed getting to know our air-travel savvy CEO. Make sure you check him out on Twitter for more great travel knowledge! Stay tuned next time for more awesome ID90 Travel team members. If this is your first feature then make sure to go back and read the rest to get to know our kick-butt team. Until later Interliners, safe travels and keep your eyes on the skies!
Author: Emily (@ID90 Travel)
Emily is the Content Marketing Specialist 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.