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RICK SWANSON Technology Partner EDUC: MS, VA Tech INTERESTS: Cooking, travel, tech
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CLICK, TAP, SWIPE, REPEAT. IT’S ALL SO… IMPERSONAL. ONLINE DATING WAS SUPPOSED TO MAKE FINDING SOMEONE EASIER, SO WHY DOES IT FEEL LIKE SUCH A CHORE? With a career that took up a lot of
Today, Rick credits It’s Just Lunch
research and found it to be the right
his time and energy, online dat-
with introducing him to the love of
“match” for me.
ing had begun to feel like Rick
his life, Kristina.
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Life before It’s Just Lunch?
What was working with a matchmaker like?
Kristina: My dating life was to-
Rick: The interview process was
tally scattered and unfulfilling. I had just started Stella*s PopKern and, as a single mother, I just found the whole online dating thing completely
daunting. I wanted someone who knew me to “fix me up” and when a friend suggested IJL, I did some
really valuable. Sandra, my matchmaker, was genuinely interested in learning about me. She really wanted to understand what I was looking for in a woman, what I found attractive, what I found interesting, what intrigued me. We talked about my work, my outside interests, etc.
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When someone is leading you through the process, it makes you think. Sandra got me to reflect honestly on what I was looking for.
Best part of the IJL experience? K: It was super easy because IJL arranged the dates. All I had to do was get ready and meet at the restaurant. And unlike online dating, I felt that my dates were interested in meeting quality people, not one-night stands. Your matchmaker calls you up with a match and then gives you the details of the date. All you have to do is show up and have fun!
How has your life changed since? to be is back again. Having somebody to share life with, who is even more passionate than you are is special. I’m a radically happier person than I was.
quently impersonal world. Having a real person on your side, helping to find
on creating high quality matches in low pressure situations. In 26 years, dates.
MORE THAN ONE HOUR
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800-858-6526 or itsjustlunch.com.
After swapping phone numbers with someone you are attracted
we get to know you and your relationship goals.
to, do you text or call? Percent of singles who text by age:
2. Your match is hand-selected and
at ease with anyone else.
your date arranged. We’ll even make the restaurant reservations.
3. Meet your date face to face over lunch or drinks after work.
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I mean, who else could take some-
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IT'S JUST LUNCH MATCHMAKERS
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just be who I am, and I’ve never felt so
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own skin. He loves the fact
turn it into a food group? It’s totally
the right partner is a huge plus.
1. Through a series of conversations,
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“first date” again?
fast paced, always connected, and fre-
K: He’s comfortable in his
smart. The way she ‘geeks out’ on the
decide if you want to see a
R: Dating is a real challenge in our
IJL SIGNATURE MATCHMAKING PROCESS:
ity; she’s self-confident and brilliantly
How long does it take you to
Advice for singles considering IJL?
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R: She’s got this gigantic personal-
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You receive a text from guy / girl you just had a good first date with. Thoughts?
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"Dating shouldn’t feel
“ The best way to get to
“Dating is such an
like a job. Finding a
know someone is face to
important part of your
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face. You can only feel
life and shouldn’t be left
work – but let it be my
“chemistry” if you are
to chance. You’ve got to
job. Then you can go
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be proactive and market
have the fun."
into their eyes.”
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38 The Beginnings Issue
Through her #1000BlackGirl Books campaign, Marley Dias has donated more than 12,000 books.
38 In the Beginning
Every story starts somewhere. We asked 14 people, from a rookie cop to a new American citizen, to share how their journey began.
46 Wise Eyes, Fresh Eyes Entrepreneur Chip Conley has created an academy where people can learn how to jump-start their careers by gaining crossgenerational wisdom.
26 Feedback 69 Fun! 74 Advertiser Directory 75 The Southwest Guide 88 One Question
29 Show off your Scrabble chops, and stay the night in a New England hotel.
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Work 33 Get organized in 2019, see why mentorship matters, and defend against work distractions.
With that mindset, Chip Conley changed his career. Now he wants to change yours.
14 achievers on starting anew
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tengo una perspectiva diferente a la que tenía cuando era joven. Disfruto recordando los días de gloria con mis amigos y mi familia, pero también tengo más claridad sobre el futuro, porque sé lo que es importante retomar del pasado. Como padre y como abuelo, paso tanto tiempo como me es posible con mi familia. Nada me da tanta alegría o felicidad como eso. Ya sea la temporada de fiestas, viajes de fin de semana, o simplemente cuando estamos todos bajo el mismo techo: valoramos nuestro tiempo juntos. Siempre que tengo la oportunidad de visitar a los de las generaciones más jóvenes, la aprovecho. A menudo me
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Last summer, our 17-year-old daughter, Jenna, was traveling to Washington, D.C., with a layover in Austin. Unfortunately, all flights into the D.C. area were canceled due to weather. Jenna called to tell me she was going to be stuck in Austin overnight, but she was too young to check into a hotel and we didn’t know a soul in Austin. I told her to go straight to the Customer Service desk. Shortly after, my phone rang. Customer Service Supervisor Rudy Gutierrez said he could put Jenna on a plane to anywhere in the U.S., where she could spend the night with someone she knew, as long as there were open seats to get her there that night and back home the next day. Rudy assured me that two Southwest agents would be willing to chaperone Jenna in the airport overnight if necessary, but I finally found someone in Dallas who could take her in for the evening. I can’t thank Rudy enough for how kind, calm, and patient he was. It’s People like Rudy who help give Southwest a good name. —Wendy R., Southwest Customer
I always get a little nervous traveling with my 5-year-old daughter, Mikaela, who has autism. She’s been doing much better on airplanes, but I always ask to preboard because walking onto a full flight can be overwhelming. I did this for my recent flight out of Burbank, California, and was helped by Customer Service Agent Christopher Ulrich. As we were boarding, he quickly handed me a little booklet that I assumed was something for my daughter to draw on during the flight. After we settled in our seats, I realized it was not just a plain booklet, but the most amazing present I’ve ever received from a stranger. He had illustrated a story called “Mikaela’s Flight.” Needless to say, I cried tears of joy the entire flight. Part of my daily struggle is never knowing what may cause my child to break down. To know that someone cared and understood really put me at ease. Christopher’s actions perfectly illustrate why Southwest considers their People their “single greatest strength.” —Brenda Yeh, Southwest Customer
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You’ll see it on the cover of magazines in newsstands across the land: New Year, New You. As if we’re all in our larval stage during the holidays and then every January burst forth as beautiful butterflies. Personally, I’m pro-larva. There’s nothing wrong with a nice
cocoon in the winter—a fire in the fireplace, a great restaurant, a good hotel room. Besides, every time I try to butterfly up, making resolutions, swearing to get rid of a bad habit or learn calculus or whatever, my “new you” starts feeling like an irresolute “old me.” Still, there’s something to be
said for dreaming up beginnings. Every New Year’s Day, my wife, Dorothy, and I go for a walk and say what we want for the year. Usually we each bring up one thing we haven’t done. And, usually, that thing does not involve a resolution—something we really ought to do. Instead we say what we really want to do: a new sort of exploration or personal experiment, something so crazy and stupid that it just might work. After all, don’t the best beginnings start with the best dreams? And don’t those desire-based beginnings produce the best outcomes? Read the stories starting on page 38 and tell me if I’m wrong. I remember one New Year’s Day many years ago, soon after Dorothy agreed to marry me. She said she wanted children. Two of them. I was 27 years old and still kept a secret comic book collection, and here she was suggesting I turn myself into a full-fledged father. It was crazy and stupid, but I thought it just might work. And so it did. Our two grown children are setting off on their own with the promise of new years, new beginnings, and maybe some year, new larvae.
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Coincidentally, I read Bill Fink’s story [“Stair Power,” October 2018] while flying out of Pittsburgh. I visit Pittsburgh a few times a year on business and will be back sometime within the next few months. During my next visit, I want to climb some of the many iconic staircases Bill mentioned in his story. I haven’t read Bob Regan’s book on the steps yet, but I’m hoping to attend one of Laura Zurowski’s “Stair Stepping and Cider Sipping” monthly tours. Thanks a lot for this enjoyable read!
While traveling to visit my son, I came across Bill Fink’s article about the steps of Pittsburgh. I’m from Scott Township, a suburb southwest of Pittsburgh. I’ve been on a lot of the stairways Bill talked about, thanks to having many relatives in the South Side Slopes neighborhood. When I was a UPS driver back in the late ’60s and ’70s, I had deliveries in some of the areas Bill mentioned. To say I enjoyed walking those steps at that time in my life would be a big lie! However, reading Bill’s article brought back some great memories, and I thank you for that.
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MAKE IT ↖ Muddle 1 green cardamom pod in a shaker, then pour 2 ounces Deep Eddy Original Vodka, 1 ounce orange juice, ½ ounce honey syrup,* and ½ ounce lemon juice. Add 2 ice cubes, shake, and strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon wheel and dust with cinnamon. *Add 2 parts honey to 1 part boiling water. Stir until evenly mixed, and cool.
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It’s January, and the slate is clean. This is the time of year when, as Emily Dickinson would say, we dwell in possibility. More salads. Less binge-watching. A new class. A dream job. But there’s dwelling, and then there’s doing. To find the inspiration to take that first step, we sought out doers. Whether they’ve created beauty from whole cloth, debuted on the biggest stage, rebuilt after catastrophe, or made the most of a new heart, the people on the following pages know all about the act of starting—or starting over. Here, in their own words, they reveal their emotions, their insecurities, and the lessons they learned along the way. Their perspectives have been condensed and edited for clarity, but you can read more of their reflections online at southwestmag.com/beginnings. And since we can use all the motivation we can get, we’d love to hear about your beginnings, too. Email us at letters@ southwestmag.com. Here’s to a bold 2019.
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After the 2016 Olympics, I was ready to try something new that would continue to push me to be at my best. In November 2017, I decided to upgrade my vault. It was scary, but I’d rather fail trying than regret never trying at all. The new move—a half-twist once I hit the vault table and a double twist in the air—had never been done by a woman in competition. It took about four months to get the timing of my speed, height off the vault table, and rotation of my body all in sync. After that, training was about trying it over and over to develop muscle memory. You fall so many times but have to pick yourself up. At the world championships, I was nervous. But my muscle memory from training kicked in, and it was perfect! The icing on the cake is that now the vault is called “The Biles.” But I am not done challenging myself. As my grandfather always used to say, “Let tomorrow find you better than today.”
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After losing a leg in a motorcycle accident in 2009, Army veteran Jen Lee became a sled hockey champion. Last May, he graduated from college.
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As a director, the most important thing is to be honest and communicative. The worst thing is to pretend like you know what you’re talking about and lead your team down the wrong path when it would have just been easier if you were upfront. That way you can involve everyone in solving the problem together. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions—you’re not expected to know everything. And surround yourself with people who are way more talented than you. We asked my mom to come in to Pixar twice to do dumpling-making classes for the crew. It was kind of surreal—I was like, Whoa, I’m making a movie with my mom that’s sort of about my mom. But I thought it was really helpful and important for the animators, effects artists, and everyone else to just get in there and observe and study her technique so we could replicate it as accurately as possible. Paying attention to those little details—like how she folded the dough, how she rolled it out— grounded the short, made it feel more real, and made the character feel like an empathetic, believable person, not just a cartoony character.
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Domee Shi became the first woman to direct a Pixar short. While making Bao, she learned about mastering the big picture.
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Marley Dias, 13, is shaking up the publishing world. In 2015, she launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign to donate children’s books that feature more diversity. Last year, she wrote Marley Dias Gets it Done and So Can You!, a guide for kids on getting involved.
I’ve always had access, through my parents, to diverse stories, and that has definitely made me a kinder person toward those who are different from me. For people who only read about their experience, they’re not able to see the importance of other people’s stories and to appreciate them for being as beautiful as they are. In fifth grade, my teacher assigned a series of books. All of these had white boys and their dogs as the main characters. I say that jokingly now, but at the time, I was very frustrated because I did not see black girls being reflected. I decided I wanted to do something to have my story be told and other kids’ stories be told. Now I’m developing an app for my campaign, #1000BlackGirlBooks, to help the people who are telling these really important stories get their books purchased. I talk a lot to my mom because she is a very smart person. Our conversations grew into serious discussions: “What can I do?” and “What is the bigger scale of impact I can make?” I’m always the person who will think small. So my mom has always pushed me to think big—work hard and take really big strides rather than just taking the small route.
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sure to write the word Max on your shirt. It makes a h end, the marathon becomes more challenging physic
We explored bulls. Monsters. A bat at one point.
Brian Allen created an icon. With the Philadelphia Flyers marketing team and VP of marketing and communications Joe Heller, he conceptualized a new mascot, Gritty. Before I started drawing, I made a list of 50 different ideas and pitched that to the Flyers. From there, we narrowed it down. I did rough sketches. We explored bulls. Monsters. A bat at one point. Once they picked the direction, they gave feedback. Let’s try this, let’s try that. We didn’t want him to look too similar to any other NHL mascot. The Flyers wanted him to have the ability to express himself. So I did a lot of research with Jim Henson puppetry. We always described him the same way: “We want a gritty look to him.” They wanted him to look like somebody you wanted to high-five, but not hug. So it’s funny that Gritty ended up being his name, because it fits perfectly.
Kame Spencer began a career where her life’s on the line. Officer Spencer started as a rookie with the Seattle Police Department last spring.
My first day was in April. I was freaking out. Everything we trained for in the last nine months was real. Every decision we make impacts someone’s life. One day, we got a call, a sexual assault with a firearm. I had to enter a dark room about 2 o’clock in the morning. I was shaking. That was the biggest moment of fear in my life. No one gets used to that feeling. But I actually make a difference.
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r shirt. It makes a huge difference.” As you get toward the challenging physically and mentally. When people cheer
Max Downham ran his first marathon at 81. He couldn’t complete the Chicago Marathon again last year due to hip pain, but he’ll be back.
Before the race, someone said to me, and I didn’t understand this, but they said, “Max, be sure to write the word Max on your shirt.” As you get toward the end, the marathon becomes more challenging physically and mentally. When people cheer you on, saying, “Go, Max, go,” it makes a huge difference. You just have to say, You know, I’m going to do this. My attitude in life, in work, in whatever I do, is that it’s OK to try something. That’s the fun part of life—learning something new. I don’t feel like I’m 82 years old. Running has really helped me in every other way in life. It reinforced the positive thinking.
Francesca Di Cristofano, 18, co-founded a newspaper. After the New York community paper she worked for folded, she and other students started their own, the Pelham Examiner. My adviser, Rich Zahradnik, told me that other students working for the paper had decided they wanted to start their own. I thought, A student-run paper? There’s no way that’s going to last. Whenever you start something new, there’s always risk. I was afraid of failing. I was afraid the town wouldn’t take elementary school, middle school, and high school reporters seriously. I was afraid this paper would fall apart, too. But I love journalism. For every setback, we’ve had more successes. Students across all grade levels have become interested in journalism. We’re real, and that makes any risk worth it.
Storm Lever made her Broadway debut last March as one of the stars of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. For the majority of the show, I can’t see anybody in the audience because it’s so dark. But in one of the first numbers, when I looked at the audience, my family members were directly in my view line. I will never forget that moment, because that made it real. I knew that it was because of these people that I was able to get here, and I just felt so lucky to be doing what I was doing in that moment. Any time you’re facing something new, you’re going to be nervous—Can I do this? You can, and you will, because you’re there and you wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t right. You’re meant to do this.
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Irina Shabayeva embraces creating on the fly. The season six winner of Project Runway is competing on the final season of Lifetime’s Project Runway All Stars.
When I first walked up to my house after the storm, the waterline was at the top of the door. It smelled like death. To see everything just … gone, I had a lump in my throat. But after that, it was time to pick up each neighbor. I thought, Let’s get this thing started over. We’re not quitting. I knew my house would get taken care of, and I wanted to help other people first. To see the look on a person’s face when you walk into their house—the relief, the joy over the fact someone cared enough to help—it made me feel good. I lived in a trailer for 10 months as we gutted the walls, got rid of the mold, and then redid the insulation, plumbing, electrical, AC, drywall, and floors in my house and others. They were long hours. But the worst times in our lives are also sometimes the best. I was truly touched by the kindness and generosity of the volunteers at my house—more than 60 over two months. In the world today, we hear all about the bad. I saw goodness, day after day, for months. My house was finished in August. I had 100 people over for the welcome home party. I barbecued ribs and brisket. They said it was pretty good. I don’t want to brag on that barbecue. But I think Texas has the best barbecue in the world.
Some of the greatest designs have either been accidents or created in a short amount of time. When you’re in a crunch, you don’t have time to sit and overanalyze whether it’s going to work, and you can’t be overly practical or rational. For Project Runway, it really is go, go, go. You have to be a quick thinker. When you start doubting or going back and forth, that’s trouble. There’s something to be said about whimsy and blindly creating something.
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Kenneth Carter rebuilt his life—and community. After his Houston home was ruined by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, he assisted neighbors first before letting the nonprofit SBP help fix his house. He was back home in August.
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It was literally a gift of life.
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Camille Frede received a double lung and heart transplant last March. She’s training to race her bike in the 2019 World Transplant Games.
Before, I’d have to push myself up a flight of stairs and take a break at the top. Now I can just go. It’s just incredible joy. It’s still a feat for me mentally to look at a hill and think, I can do that. But I’m like, I’m OK. It is fun looking for boundaries. With mountain biking, some hills are really challenging. I just do my own pace. I’ve never been defined by my disease, pulmonary hypertension. Growing up, I participated in cheerleading, tennis, volleyball, choir, whatever I wanted. I’m looking forward to skiing or trying snowboarding and not being so short of breath I can’t even put on the boots. I want to go to Europe. I haven’t learned how to swim. I don’t have words for my gratitude. I was really sick. I was on the brink. It was literally a gift of life.
Tiera Fletcher is building a rocket to take humans to Mars. A rocket structural engineer, she is working on NASA’s Space Launch System in New Orleans. Our first mission is set for early 2020. It’s meant to take us around the moon and test the rocket capabilities before we even put humans on. Then, by the 2030s, our goal is to get to Mars with humans. It’s super exciting when you have so many things that people have never done before. I didn’t always believe in myself. My parents, my family, my friends, and my husband [who also works on the rocket] helped mold me into a more confident person. It’s about staying focused to the point that naysayers can’t affect your pathway. Focus, focus, focus, focus.
Anggie Fernandez became an American citizen in April. She emigrated from Peru in 2014. If you are going to achieve new goals, you have to start again. I know now it’s not impossible. This is a nation that has known how to overcome adversity of any kind. I’m proud to be an American because of the country’s great history of idealism, struggle, courage, and cultural diversity. I’ve assumed a civic responsibility to this nation, and I want my daughter to see me as a positive role model so that she will be able to continue contributing to her country.
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Chip Conley, one of the execs behind Airbnb’s rise, is on a quest to help people restart their careers—and end the office generation gap as we know it. Step one: Stop thinking in terms of “old people” and “young people.”
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Chip Conley, here at a 2010 TED Talk, founded his “wisdom school” at a beachfront sanctary in Mexico (below).
wisdom—from the top down, old to young—the wisdom is now going in both directions.” Conley has written a book, Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, part manifesto, part playbook, for people trying to stay relevant in the second half of their careers. And in November, he opened the Modern Elder Academy, which he calls the world’s first midlife wisdom school. A beachfront sanctuary in Baja California Sur, Mexico, it’s a place where people (most between the ages of 45 and 65) can learn to navigate midlife transitions and, as Conley says, “Grow whole, not old.” His message is timely. The number of working Americans 55 and older has grown over the past decade, from more than 17 percent of the workforce in 2007 to about 23 percent in 2017, according to the Pew Research Center. With advances in health care, we’re also living longer than ever before. The average life expectancy in the U.S. was about 79 years in 2016. Some of us may live 30 years longer than our great-grandparents—and may spend much of that time working. At the same time, corporate power has shifted younger, resulting in what Conley calls an “irrelevance gap,” in which older workers want to or need to continue working but are afraid that their skills are no longer relevant in the increasingly fast-paced tech world. According to a 2014 Harvard Business Review study, the founder of a “unicorn”—a tech company valued at more than $1 billion—is, on average, just over 31 years old. Tech is coming to dominate corporate culture, with six of the S&P 500’s top 10 companies CONTINUED ON PAGE 49
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF TED/JAMES DUNCAN DAVIDSON (TOP), MODERN ELDER ACADEMY
was 2013, and Chip Conley was excited for his first day of work at Airbnb. He had a new set of challenges, a whipsmart boss, and an opportunity to help guide one of the country’s most innovative and fastest-growing companies. Conley was intimidated, too. As the founder of the Joie de Vivre boutique hotel chain, he had a proven track record as a businessman and entrepreneur. But he had never worked in tech. He didn’t know how to use Google Docs. He didn’t even have the apps for Uber or Lyft on his phone. At 52, Airbnb’s new head of global hospitality and strategy was twice the age of the company’s average employee and reported to a boss, CEO Brian Chesky, who was 21 years his junior. Early on, Conley sat in on a meeting of engineers, hoping to learn the lingo. He planned only on listening and hovered in the background. But then the 25-year-old engineer who was leading the meeting turned to Conley and asked, “If you shipped a feature and no one used it, did it really ship?” Conley was stumped. He didn’t know what the engineer meant. “It was a classic moment, of, ‘I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about and maybe I’m in the wrong company,’” he says now, sitting in a meeting room at Airbnb’s San Francisco headquarters. “It was not my natural habitat.” It presented him with a choice. He could back away from Airbnb and return to the rewards of semiretirement. Or he could adapt and change. Conley chose the latter. He decided that there was much he could learn from his younger colleagues. They could share with him their “digital intelligence,” the deep and intuitive understanding of technology that comes at least in part from having been raised on computer screens. In turn, Conley could offer them the emotional intelligence he had gained over the years. He knew how to read emotions, manage people, and create a healthy, supportive work environment. His “wise eyes” needed the “fresh eyes” at Airbnb, and vice versa. Conley started to consider himself both an intern and a mentor, or what he calls a “mentern.” He realized that he was filling a new role, which he came to label as that of a modern elder. Although Conley was only in his 50s—hardly a senior citizen—he was an elder at Airbnb. He wanted to distinguish this new notion from the traditional idea of an older sage who bestows wisdom upon younger people. A modern elder, he says, must also act as a wisdom-seeker. Conley found his Airbnb experience so energizing that it led him to his next calling: creating a new generational contract in the workplace, in which everyone is valued, no matter their age. “We have five generations in the workplace for the first time,” Conley says. “Instead of power being distributed in the traditional physics of
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specializing in technology. To put it in human terms: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is 34. “The long story short is that if power is moving 10 years younger and we’re living [at least] 10 years longer, we have a minimum of a 20-year irrelevance gap,” Conley says. For people who have not saved enough for retirement, the economic impact of this gap can be stark. Martha Deevy, associate director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, says there is a relatively low unemployment rate among workers aged 60 to 65—but if older workers lose their jobs, it can take them up to three times longer to find a new one than it would take a younger person. “One of the things we’re seeing in the data is that people want to work longer than they are actually working,” Deevy says. Conley’s solution: Embrace personal and professional growth in order to stay relevant, while creating a workplace that values the viewpoints of different age groups, and lets generations learn from one another.
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concept that, in short, encourages openness and the acceptance of new ideas, free of preconceptions. It’s similar in some ways to the growth mindset described by Stanford psychologist and motivation researcher Carol Dweck, whose work has been an inspiration to both Conley and Chesky. “There are people who believe that your potential is unlimited, that who you are is not fixed, and that you can evolve and grow,” says Chesky, now 37. “These are people with growth mindsets. I think Chip and I just had that worldview, that we can constantly have a growth mindset at any age.” Conley relates a story about the 27-year-old woman who was his direct report in the hospitality department at Airbnb. She once told him how he’d influenced the company. Much of Conley’s hotel knowledge—for example, how many rooms a maid can clean in an eight-hour shift—was useless. But because he understood people,
“There are people who believe that your potential is unlimited, that who you are is not fixed, and that you can evolve and grow.” he understood how to get things done, she told him. If the company needed to make a change, Conley could identify the three people at Airbnb who needed to know first. That kind of knowledge proved invaluable to the young company. Jaja Jackson, 45, Airbnb’s director of global multifamily housing partnerships, says Conley was effective because he listened to his younger colleagues and valued their opinions. “Chip made it very clear that he was not interested in always being the smartest person in the room, so he was able to bring a certain amount of humility into any conversation,” Jackson says. “What he did was empower other people around him to ask questions and be teachers, when they might have otherwise yielded a bit
to Chip’s reputation and robbed him of the chance to learn.” Conley’s collaborative approach paid off. During the four years he worked full-time at the company (he’s now a part-time consultant), Conley developed Airbnb for Work, which more than 700,000 businesses use for travel. He created new quality standards that all Airbnb hosts had to honor, resulting in guest satisfaction reviews that surpassed those of the hotel industry. He also expanded the company’s Superhost program, for the company’s most experienced hosts, from 200 to nearly 500,000 hosts around the globe. It was a transformative experience, one that Conley hopes to cultivate for others at his Modern Elder Academy.
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hile it may be a big leap from corporate executive to leader of a wisdom academy, Conley thinks it’s a natural outgrowth of everything he’s done. He’s always been interested in personal growth and has sat on the board of the Esalen Institute, a sort of thinking person’s retreat center in Big Sur, California, for eight years. He likes to create transformational travel experiences, and he knows the hospitality business. For this venture, Conley didn’t have to look far for a suitable property. He chose his own beachfront home, in El Pescadero, which he converted into the main living and learning area for the academy. He bought and renovated several nearby homes, and built a few more. Famed hotel designer Oren Bronstein, with whom Conley collaborated at Joie de Vivre, designed the luxurious spaces. The campus has hot tubs, a 25-yard-long swimming pool, and a massage studio. So, yes, it’s personal and professional transformation, but with a lot of tasteful throw pillows. Unlike the cutthroat Bay Area tech world, where Conley experienced his own repurposing, as he calls it, the academy takes a gentler, more mindful approach. There are about 16 students enrolled a week. Days start with meditation or yoga. There are long periods in which participants can write in journals and walk on the beach. A resident shaman is on staff. People from 14 countries have already attended the academy, or are enrolled to do so. Students include CEOs and social workers, artists and Silicon Valley lifers. The weeklong courses, many taught by Conley, have titles like “Consciously Curated Life” and “The Art of Transformation.” They involve group discussions on modern learning and how to stay curious, and journaling on a number of questions, including “What is my purpose and how can it be used as a magnet for collaboration?”
Another prompt from the workbook: “How can I use my counsel to change the world around me?” On Wednesdays, there’s a session called “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Tech but Were Afraid to Ask,” in which participants can (sometimes sheepishly) ask others to show them how to use Google Docs or Slack. There are recommendations for further reading on intergenerational collaboration.
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At $5,000 per week, the price tag to attend is steep, but scholarships are available, and Conley says that his staff is “aggressively seeking out people who can’t afford to come.” Kari Henley, a 51-year-old from Fort Collins, Colorado, attended the academy last year, while it was still in its beta testing phase. She’s the founder of a company that helps professionals in the aging industry, in fields like caregiving and longevity research, network online. She arrived at a difficult time, personally. She was going through a divorce, moving to a new home, starting a business, and caring for her own aging mother. Henley’s stay at the academy gave her a chance to regroup. The academy uses a potent image for change, one that resonated with Henley. “We talked a lot about this thing called liminality, being in an in-between space,” she says. “The analogy we discussed often was about being a chrysalis, that form between a caterpillar and a butterfly, when you feel like you’re goo. Gradually, the chrysalis opens up and its wings dry and it’s a new animal. But the point was to embrace this stage at midlife, when you’re in transition, and to say, ‘OK, I’m a mess right now. I’m goo.’” By the end of the week, Henley had made important connections with other students and felt that she “had a whole other half of my life to live and design and create.” It gave her a new perspective on managing her team of employees, whose ages range from 19 to 86. “Because of where we’re standing—in the middle—we have to commit to both directions,” she says. “We have to make friends with people 20 years older because they’re so inspiring. And we need to support those who are 20 years younger so we can continue this vibrant circle of life. It doesn’t benefit us to just hang out with people the same age as us. Because, really, that limits your perspective, doesn’t it?”
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Barbara Waxman, a Bay Area– based life coach for people at “midlife and better” and a guest teacher at the academy, sums it up: “People often come in feeling that their story has been written, and they leave feeling that they can be the author of their future life.” Though the academy was created for students in midlife, participants in their 30s have already attended—in part because irrelevancy in Silicon Valley can start as young as 35. Conley believes that every generation needs to be included for anything to change. That’s why he gives everyone an assignment when they leave the academy: Find a younger person, or people, and become a mentern, as he was at Airbnb. Conley has taken his message on the road, becoming an activist for intergenerational collaboration in the workplace. His TED Talk on the subject garnered more than a million views. And he’s formed a small advocacy group with major players in the field—including Laura Carstensen, director of the Stanford Center on Longevity; Ken Dychtwald, founder of Age Wave; and Marc Freedman, CEO of Encore.org—to try and create a movement. There’s evidence that the movement is picking up steam. Conley has given talks at Google and LinkedIn. He spoke at Facebook recently, to a room filled with 100 human resource executives (average age: 28). His hope is that age will be considered in more diversity and inclusion programs; only 8 percent of companies do so now, Conley says. He knows an organization is made better when it’s steered by people of all ages. “The workplace should be like an intergenerational potluck,” he says. “We need to create a compact where everybody brings what they have to the table—what they’re best at, generationally.” Laura Hilgers is a freelance writer based in the Bay Area. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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every year is the year of the dog north america’s fastestgrowing dog daycare, boarding, and spa franchise plans on growing its paw print. Dogtopia, which has already opened more than 80 locations across North America, aims to have more than 400 by 2021. Peter Dufall, who opened Dogtopia of San Jose, California, in December 2017, understands why. The former factory operations director got into the dog daycare business to escape working with people
who didn’t share his positive attitude and ambition. “I wanted to work for myself,” Dufall says. Because he didn’t know enough to enter the burgeoning pet care industry by himself, he explored franchise opportunities. “Every person I met at Dogtopia was my kind of people: practical and down-to-earth,” he says. “They have the same goals and attitude as me.” The Dogtopia playbook is logical. The company’s staff
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members and other franchisees are approachable and helpful whenever there’s a challenge, Dufall says. “I have a small footprint; I’m the Trader Joe’s of dog daycare,” he says. In San Jose, he also faces higher-than-average operating costs in rent and labor. Nevertheless, his business became profitable within about six months. “If I can make money, anybody can,” he says. Dog parents appreciate the daycare, and the ability to check on their dogs via Dogtopia’s webcams. Dogtopia’s website and mobile app also let dog parents make daycare, boarding, and spa appointments. At some locations, app users can request that Dogtopia employees greet them outside and help bring in their dogs. Inside, dogs play in open rooms outfitted with protective rubber flooring. Coaches guide dogs through exercise routines and training to make sure the dogs socialize safely. Playrooms are grouped by size, personality, and play style to ensure dogs are happy and safe. Exposing dogs to a variety of people, animals, social interactions, and noises helps them to be more comfortable and better behaved at home and in new environments. Dufall says it’s not unusual for an appreciative dog parent to note how tired and contented their dogs are after a stay at the daycare.
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finding your first franchise think of the long game when choosing your first franchise. “It’s not always going to be sexy, but it’s going to be something you can build wealth with,” says Jack Johnson, who co-founded The Franchise Insiders with his wife, Jill. Their consulting company connects clients to the franchise opportunities best suited to them. Its services are free, as The Franchise Insiders earns commissions from franchisors. The Johnsons’ “Foundational Franchise Method” helps clients start with a fairly low-investment franchise, one intended to be recessionproof and based on something people always need. “You want something you can feel stable about no matter what’s going on with the economy,” he says. As that first investment continues to build wealth, clients can continue to invest in more franchises. “We are immersed in the world of franchising every hour, every day,” Johnson says. “We know which franchises are solid investments, and which aren’t.” The Johnsons counsel clients on how to approach and negotiate with each brand. “Just like buying a home, you need to know when to jump and move fast to get the brand that is in demand, and when you can take a bit more time negotiating a better deal,” Johnson says.
Certain franchises are notoriously difficult to get, and ownership approval is not automatic. The Franchise Insiders can help with the process. “We know how to help our clients get approved for these franchise opportunities. Whereas, if they were going in on their own, they would not,” Johnson says. “We guide our clients every step of the way.” Building a diverse portfolio of brands can be a family’s
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another year of service begins after 25 years in law enforcement, Scott Wellinger sought to start a new chapter in his life and career. He and his wife, Christine, found it with Senior Helpers. The industry innovator’s 300plus franchises specialize in care for dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s patients who live at home.
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Senior Helpers also provides other services to care for and support seniors facing age-related illnesses, limited mobility, and other challenges. “My wife and I have servant hearts,” Wellinger says. “We enjoy taking care of people.” The Wellingers have a child with special needs, so they already had experience
with home care services. And Wellinger understood the effects of Alzheimer’s through his own grandfather, who was diagnosed with the disease. “Taking care of others was a natural segue,” Wellinger says. The Wellingers launched their Senior Helpers franchise in November 2017 after studying the home care industry. Not only was Senior Helpers “at the top of the food chain,” but they were also known for innovation and for providing training to franchisees. Senior Helpers partnered with renowned occupational therapist and Alzheimer’s expert Teepa Snow, known for her Positive Approach™ to Care techniques, to develop the company’s Senior Gems® program. Using the program, trained Senior Helpers caregivers can identify characteristics of different stages of dementia and use specific strategies to care for seniors living with cognitive issues. “Proactive approaches toward care are appealing to us,” Wellinger says. The franchise’s reputation for success makes recruitment of good employees easy. “We now routinely receive applicants referred from current employees who are happy with their work environment and schedule,” he says. Referrals also come from clients, hospitals, churches, and various care centers. With Senior Helpers’ services, a family member can be secure in the knowledge that their loved one is safe and taken care of at home. “At end of the day I feel gratified when interacting with families,” Wellinger says.
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in this franchise, home care is where the heart is home care assistance is expanding its reach and introducing new technology to bolster its mission of changing the way the world ages. “We had a phenomenal year in 2018, and in 2019, we’ll push the engine more,” says Barbara Schuh, Home Care Assistance’s vice president of franchise operations. While continuing to open franchises in North America, Schuh says, there is also interest in expanding to the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan. Home Care Assistance is already renowned for its activities-based Cognitive Therapeutics Method, which helps keep aging minds sharp and accompanies other healthy lifestyle changes. The company will also help keep clients healthy and
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engaged, Schuh says, as well as give care managers and families real-time assessments of their loved ones’ needs, allowing them to be on the same page at the same time. “New technology will predict when a client needs more care or less instead of waiting for something to happen, like a fall,” Schuh says. Home Care Assistance clients are hospitalized less because they’re cared for, she says. This trailblazing approach has garnered recognition: Franchise Business Review selected Home Care Assistance as one of its Top 50 Most Innovative Franchises for 2018. “It’s the 11th year in a row we’ve done that,” Schuh says. The ranking was based on a survey of more than 24,000 franchisees’ satisfaction lev-
els. Each of the companies on the list developed and implemented products, processes, or services that enable and sustain growth and relevancy over the long term. Recognizing that franchisees may have different goals for their businesses, Home Care Assistance also has an innovative buyback program. If a franchisee brings in $2 million in revenue annually after three to five years, Home Care Assistance will buy back the franchise. The buyback program is geared toward millennials who may want to move on to other ventures as they continue to build wealth, as well as toward franchisees who are further along in their careers. “These are exciting times for our franchise,” Schuh says.
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We spent over a year researching franchises everything from soup and sandwich shops to tutoring companies to UPS stores; we finally stumbled upon home care. Home Care Assistance stood out among other opportunities due to their brand positioning as a premier home care solution, backed with programs and services that senior care competitors do not offer – including the Cognitive Therapeutics MethodTM, Balanced Care MethodTM and Music & Memory Program. With the demand for in-home care services on the uprise, we were excited to become a part of the senior care industry as well as become a part of a company that can deliver the tools and resources needed to succeed. Now having completed our first year with far more sales than we ever expected, we can’t wait to see what the future holds. - Bob Scott and Dan Richmond, Franchise Owners of Home Care Assistance of Jersey Shore
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wax on, wax off with this growing franchise after debi lane launched LunchboxWax hair-removing salon in Boise, Idaho, in 2010, business grew swiftly by word of mouth. Lane opened two more speed-waxing salons and began franchising in 2013. “I knew if I could make it in Boise, I could make it anywhere,” Lane says. She plans to expand her “culture-first, purpose-driven business model” at the rate of one location a week in 2019. Lane wants to support franchisees who empower waxologists, not just through training and customer care, but also by investing in their personal growth and professional development. “We’re a movement in search of leaders,” Lane says.
LunchboxWax is known for its hip branding, and for chic, modern salons that welcome all guests. The company offers 15- and 30-minute services to remove hair from a guest’s face, body, legs, or feet. LunchboxWax salons will cater to every body type. “Men and women are waxing everything,” Lane says. “They come in every four-tosix weeks. It’s just part of their beauty regimen.” Guests choose LunchboxWax for the experience it offers, says Lane, who developed her speed-wax technique during her years running a day spa in Sun Valley, Idaho. Everyone who walks into a LunchboxWax is treated to luxury, she says. Each salon is
built around the five senses, starting with the lobbies, where guests breathe in perfumed air. “Waxing is an incredibly intimate service, and we want all guests to feel comfortable,” Lane says. LunchboxWax was included in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2018 list of the “Top New Franchises,” recognizing the company’s growth and strong branding, among other things. Lane chalks it up to LunchboxWax’s culture of empowerment, as well as its great services and business model. Having such a distinctive brand only helps. “We do beautiful work, and the cheeky brand wraps it up in a bow,” Lane says.
LunchboxWax’s playful branding has made it a hit on social media.
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says communications director Debbie Petok Hufford. “Franchisees can also open as many storefronts as their geographic market can profitably bear.” For example, SealMaster’s Nashville-based franchise has a manufacturing plant and six storefronts across Tennessee. SealMaster’s customer base is primarily made up of contractors, municipalities, and property managers. “The pavement maintenance market is huge,” Petok Hufford says. “Asphalt is a property asset that must be maintained to get the longest useful life. You can double the life of your asphalt by scheduling crack sealing and sealcoating as part of a sound pavement preservation plan.” Pothole patch material, critical in the winter months,
industrial strength opportunity sales-minded people looking for serious income potential should have their eyes on SealMaster. Franchisees manufacture pavement sealer and distribute a line of pavement maintenance products and equipment. No industry experience is required, and new owners receive training and support. For those who may not feel ready for the manufacturing component, distribution-only franchises are also available. “Large, protected territories—some are entire states— afford single-unit franchisees incredible income potential,”
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SealMaster’s marketing plan includes an IndyCar partnership with Coyne Vasser Sullivan Racing.
is also among the brand’s lineup of repair products. Franchise opportunities are available coast to coast, along with international distribution and licensed manufacturing opportunities. Products are distributed worldwide. “Most people don’t think of supplying a big industry when they’re considering franchises, but it’s a great opportunity for the right type of franchise owner,” Petok Hufford says.
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SUPPLY THE PAVEMENT MAINTENANCE INDUSTRY “The SealMaster franchise is not only a nice income generator, it’s a great capital asset and wealth builder. It has allowed me a lifestyle beyond my hopes and dreams.” Bob Krebs – SealMaster Franchise Owner Charlotte, N.C.
$6.5 MILLION SealMaster manufacturing territories in Fiscal Year 2017*
“The ability to create wealth for yourself within SealMaster is staggering.”
“We just keep growing and growing and to me, the market is limitless.”
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LunchboxWax: A Growing Movement, with a Culture to Match FOUNDER & CEO DEBI LANE TALKS ABOUT THE VIBE BEHIND THE BODY-WAXING BRAND, THE EXPLOSIVE GROWTH AND THE KINDS OF PEOPLE CHOSEN TO JOIN THE CULTURE-DRIVEN FRANCHISE.
When Debi Lane selects new franchisees for the chic-andcheeky body-waxing concept she launched in 2010 and franchised in 2013, there’s a question she asks herself each time: Could I spend an engaging and enjoyable week on a sailboat with this person? It’s not the only requirement, she admits, but it speaks volumes to the company’s culture and the people who create and thrive in it. “We’re redefining what success means in business by embracing a person’s emotional intelligence and ability to run and grow a successful business,” Lane said. “We want partners who strive to be a positive force in their communities, personally and professionally. Bringing the sailboat theory full circle, people can easily come together to achieve a goal (or reach a destination), but if the focus isn’t on collaboration and purpose, it’s not success at all.” So, does this progressive, people-first with a culture to match approach work?
50 fastest growing franchising opportunities in the country. This accolade follows a 2017 earned honor from the magazine as one of the top 100 new franchises. Ed Sheridan and his son Patrick, franchise partners in the Northeast, say the attention to detail and the commitment to culture has been central to growth.
“Walk into any salon, and the competence and kindness is palpable,” said Sheridan. “The energy resonates and tells a great story. It’s natural to want to be a part of it.” As 2019 unfolds, LunchboxWax continues to bring partnership opportunities to a diverse mix of curious, driven professionals — people who desire the independence afforded by business ownership and the support of a dedicated team poised for growth (no pun intended). Learn more about becoming a LunchboxWax franchise owner by calling 833-426-1198 or visit lunchboxfranchise.com/swm.
The short answer is yes. In 2018, Entrepreneur Magazine named LunchboxWax one of the top
This is not an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy. Offers are only made in states where we have complied with applicable law and an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy a franchise shall be made solely by a Franchise Disclosure Document. All financial information is as shown in Section 19 of the FDD to be disclosed to potential franchisees during the awarding process.
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Fly Like a Pro
Check out these reminders to enjoy a stress-free travel experience. SAY CHEESE!
Please be respectful of Employees and Customers when capturing photos or videos onboard.
Secure a position in the A1-A15 boarding group with upgraded boarding. Ask a Customer Service Agent at the gate or ticket counter.*
We serve complimentary snacks,** but feel free to bring your own food onboard— you just can’t bring your own alcohol to consume onboard.
SMOKE-FREE E-cigarettes are not allowed to be used in the cabin.
Permitted Pueden usarse dentro del avión Small portable electronic devices (PEDs) such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones weighing less than 2 pounds may be used in AIRPLANE mode at all times on domestic flights, unless a Crew Member indicates otherwise. A small PED may be held in hand, attached to a person, or placed in clothing or a seatback pocket. Devices and accessories may not block access to the aisle. Large PEDs such as laptops weighing 2 pounds or more must be stowed under the seat or in an overhead bin for taxi, takeoff, and landing. It is recommended that laptops be placed in a case when stowed under the seat. On international flights, all PEDs must be turned off during taxi, takeoff, and landing at airports outside the U.S. and its territories. Please use headphones for all audio and video. Siempre puedes usar dispositivos electrónicos portátiles y pequeños (PEDs) tales como tabletas, lectores electrónicos y teléfonos inteligentes que pesen menos de 2 libras en modo AVIÓN en los vuelos domésticos,
excepto si un Miembro de la Tripulación indica lo contrario. Puedes tener un PED pequeño en la mano, llevarlo encima, en la ropa o en un bolsillo en el respaldo del asiento. Los dispositivos y accesorios no pueden bloquear el acceso al pasillo. Los PEDs grandes como computadoras portátiles que pesen 2 libras o más deben de ser guardados debajo del asiento o en los compartimentos superiores mientras el avión avanza por la pista, durante el despegue y el aterrizaje. Se recomienda que las computadoras portátiles se guarden en un estuche debajo del asiento. En los vuelos internacionales, todos los PEDs deben permanecer apagados mientras el avión avanza por la pista, durante el despegue y el aterrizaje en aeropuertos fuera de los EE. UU. y sus territorios. Por favor usa auriculares para cualquier sonido o video.
Smartphones (in AIRPLANE mode) Teléfonos inteligentes (en modo AVIÓN) Tablets or E-readers (in AIRPLANE mode) Tabletas o lectores electrónicos (en modo AVIÓN) Laptop Computers Computadoras portátiles Audio Players Aparatos de audio DVD/CD Players Reproductores de DVD/CD
Digital Cameras Cámaras digitales GPS Receivers GPS Hand-Held Electronic Games Juegos electrónicos portátiles Satellite Radio Radio por satélite Video Camcorders Videocámaras Bluetooth Devices Dispositivos Bluetooth
Pueden usarse en ocasiones dentro del avión We understand you may want to document your travel on Southwest Airlines®. Want to photograph and/or record Southwest Airlines Customers or Employees? Let them know first! The use of cameras and mobile devices is permitted onboard to capture personal events but can never interfere with the safety of a flight and should always respect others’ privacy. Entendemos que es posible que desees documentar tu viaje en Southwest Airlines. ¿Quieres fotografiar y / o grabar Clientes o Empleados de Southwest Airlines? ¡Hazles saber primero! El uso de cámaras y dispositivos móviles se permite a bordo para capturar eventos personales, pero nunca debe interferir con la seguridad de un vuelo y siempre debe respetar la privacidad de los demás.
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On a Business Trip? TAKE YOUR PICK With Business Select®, you can be one of the first to board with priority boarding. Pick the seat you want and have room for your carryon bags. Visit Southwest. com/businessselect.
With EarlyBird Check-In® (ranging from $15–$25 one-way per person), we check you in 36 hours before your flight so you receive a better boarding position—and earlier access to overhead bin space.
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Although you can form lines at the back lavatory, you cannot form lines at the front lavatory or gather in the front galley.
CHEERS! If you’re a Business Select Customer, your first drink is on us.† WORK PERKS Business Select Passengers can bypass long lines by taking advantage of our Fly By® priority checkin and security lane access (where available). For a complete list of available Fly By locations, visit Southwest.com/flyby.
*Price depends on Customer’s itinerary; subject to availability. **Visit Southwest.com and click on “Special Assistance” at the bottom of the page for more information. †Business Select Customers receive a free premium drink on the day of travel.
Always Permitted Pueden usarse en todo momento dentro del avión
Electronic nerve stimulators and other implanted medical devices are also permitted. Dispositivos de estimulación electrónica de los nervios y otros aparatos médicos
DISABILITY ASSISTANCE Southwest Airlines offers assistance to Customers with disabilities upon request. Please notify a Flight Attendant if you use a needle/syringe while onboard so we may provide you with access to a disposal container. Southwest Airlines siempre ofrece asistencia para sus Clientes con discapacidades que así lo soliciten. Por favor, notifícale a un Auxiliar de Vuelo si necesitas usar una jeringa durante el vuelo para que
implantados también son permitidos.
Electronic Watches Relojes electrónicos
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Hearing Aids Aparatos para sordos Electric Shavers Rastrillo eléctrico
podamos proporcionarte acceso al contenedor de desperdicios. CREW INTERFERENCE Federal law prohibits any Passenger from assaulting, threatening, or intimidating a Crew Member or interfering with a Crew Member’s duties. La ley federal prohíbe que los pasajeros ataquen, amenacen o intimiden a los Miembros de la Tripulación o que interfieran con los deberes de un Miembro de la Tripulación.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES Cellphones and pagers may be used at the gate and after landing. Los teléfonos y localizadores pueden ser usados en la puerta y después de aterrizar. CARRYON BAGGAGE Customers are limited to one (1) bag per person, plus one (1) additional personal item. El límite es de una (1) maleta por persona y un (1) artículo personal.
Never Permitted Nunca pueden
usarse dentro del avión Devices capable of transmitting data, unless otherwise noted, are never permitted. Nunca son permitidos los dispositivos con capacidad para transmitir datos, excepto que se especifique lo contrario.
Two-Way Radios (WalkieTalkies) or Scanners Radios emisores/receptores (walkie-talkies)
Remote-Controlled Toys Juguetes de control remoto
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone
LOST AN ITEM ONBOARD A FLIGHT? Visit the Customer Service page on Southwest.com to report a lost item. Visita la página de Servicio al Cliente en Southwest.com para reportar un objeto perdido.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Customers are prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages not purchased onboard. Alcoholic beverages will not be served to anyone under the age of 21. We reserve the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone at our Employees’ discretion. Se prohíbe que los Clientes consuman bebidas alcohólicas si no fueron compradas a bordo. No serviremos bebidas alcohólicas a las personas menores de 21 años de edad. Nos reservamos el
derecho de negar la venta de bebidas alcohólicas a cualquier persona a discreción de nuestros Empleados.
PETS All pets must stay inside their carriers and under the seat for the duration of the flight. Todas las mascotas deben permanecer dentro de sus jaulas y debajo del asiento durante todo el vuelo.
Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers Televisión o radios de AM/FM
Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Devices not allowed for use in the cabin. No se permite el uso de Cigarrillos Electrónicos y Dispositivos para fumar adentro de la cabina.
PERSONAL DEVICES Unapproved personal devices (e.g., Knee Defender, infant slings) may not be attached to any part of the aircraft. Dispositivos personales no aprobados (coo por ejemplo “defensores de rodillas” o mantas portabebés) no pueden sujetarse a ninguna parte de la aeronave.
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100% free inflight entertainment has arrived. Make time fly with free movies,1* messaging,2* and music.3*
To view movies and select ondemand TV content, download the Southwest® app from the Google Play store or Apple App Store before your flight. 1
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Tap the Settings icon, and then put phone on Airplane Mode. Choose the WiFi icon. Turn WiFi On with On/Off button.
Tap SouthwestWiFi in the list of WiFi networks and confirm connection. Open your internet browser.
Our entertainment portal should load automatically. If not, click the address bar and type in Southwestwifi.com.
Select your entertainment option and enjoy.
Click the WiFi icon.
Select SouthwestWiFi from the list of WiFi networks by clicking on it and confirm connection. Open your internet browser.
Our entertainment portal should load automatically. If not, click the address bar and type in Southwestwifi.com.
Select your entertainment option and enjoy.
2 Messaging service only allows access to iMessage and WhatsApp (must be downloaded before the flight). 3Free live TV and iHeartRadio on WiFi-enabled international flights may not be available for the full duration of the flight. *Free inflight entertainment available only on WiFi-enabled aircraft. Limited-time offer. Where available.
• Content and services are offered on WiFi-enabled aircraft only. We cannot guarantee that connecting flights will be WiFi-enabled. • Service on flights to/from destinations outside the contiguous
U.S. may not currently be available for the entire flight. • Movies and select TV content require download of the free Southwest app. • Pricing information can be found on the Inflight
Entertainment Portal. • In order to provide top-notch web browsing capabilities to all Customers using WiFi, we limit access to the following online activities due to high bandwidth consumption: telephony
applications (VoIP), device/ system/software updates, and certain video/audio streaming subscription services, applications, and websites.
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Business Select Customers receive a free premium drink† on the day of travel.
Jack and Coke 1866 when Jasper “Jack” Daniel set up his humble shop at Cave Spring Hollow THE YEAR WAS
in Lynchburg, Tennessee, launching what would go on to become the world’s best-selling whiskey. Twenty years later, Coca-Cola debuted in Atlanta, selling for just 5 cents a glass at Jacobs’ Pharmacy. It didn’t take long before someone thought to combine the two, and soon the iconic cocktail was being served and enjoyed in watering holes across the country. The rest, as they say, is history. COMPLIMENTARY BEVERAGES
• Coca-Cola® • Coca-Cola® Zero Sugar • Diet Coke® • Canada Dry® Lemon Lime Sparkling Water • 7UP® • Dr Pepper® • Diet Dr Pepper® • Seagram’s® Ginger Ale • Seagram’s® Tonic Water • Seagram’s® Seltzer Water • Mr & Mrs T® Bloody Mary Mix • Mr & Mrs T® Margarita Mix
• Mott’s® Tomato Juice • Minute Maid® Cranberry Apple Cocktail • Minute Maid® Orange Juice • Minute Maid® Apple Juice • Community® coffee* • Community® decaf instant coffee* • Community® tea • Hot Chocolate • Noncarbonated Purified Drinking Water
* Regular and hazelnut creamer available
All alcoholic beverages purchased onboard must be consumed onboard the aircraft.
• Miller Lite® ($6) • Dos Equis® Special Lager ($6) • Founders® All Day IPA ($7) • Lagunitas® 12th of Never Ale ($7) • Blue Moon® Belgian White Ale ($7)
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Dewar’s® Scotch Jack Daniel’s® Wild Turkey® Tanqueray® Gin Bacardi® Rum Baileys® Irish Cream
• Carmenet Cabernet Sauvignon • Cruset Sparkling Wine • Mossel Bay Chenin Chardonnay
• Deep Eddy Vodka • Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka • Sauza® Gold Tequila
†You must be 21 years or older to drink alcoholic beverages. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not drink alcoholic beverages because of the risk of birth defects. Images of the alcoholic beverage product do not reflect how it is actually served. Customer will not receive a beverage with a cap. In accordance with FAA regulations, Customers are prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages onboard that are not served by Southwest Airlines.
Valid Southwest Rapid Rewards drink coupons, as shown here, are printed with expiration dates and the Member’s (or issuing group’s) name. Business Select drink coupons are valid for sameday use only. Valid Rapid Rewards and Business Select drink coupons will be accepted onboard for beer, wine, and liquor. Expires Dec 31, 2018
We’re happy to take care of any recyclable items, including plastic bottles, coffee cups, newspapers, and food containers. RECEIPTS
Customers can retrieve drink receipts at Southwest.com/ beveragereceipts.
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This Space For Offical Use Only
2. Free of duty imports: passengers entering the country by sea or by air may import goods of duty, additional to their personal baggage, as long as they prove their value with an invoice or receipt and such amount does not exceed 300 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency or 75 US dollars when the entry is by land. Alcoholic beverages, shredded tobacco or automobile fuel cannot be imported as part of the duty free exemption.
FORM APPROVED OMB NO. 1651-0009
19 CFR 122.27, 148.12, 148.13, 148.110,148.111, 1498; 31 CFR 5316
Each arriving traveler or responsible family member must provide the following information (only ONE written declaration per family is required). The term “family” is defined as “members of a family residing in the same household who are related by blood, marriage, domestic relationship, or adoption.” 1 Family Name
First (Given) 2 Birth date
3 Number of Family members traveling with you 4 (a) U.S. Street Address (hotel name/destination
During the vacation periods of Holy week, summer and winter, Mexican Nationals entering the country by land may import, under duty exemption, items of up to 300 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency provided that such people do not live along the border strip or border region. The starting and ending dates of such periods can be consulted directly with customs personnel or at www. aduanas.gob.mx.
6 Passport number 7 Country of Residence
trip prior to U.S. arrival
11 I am (We are) bringing
(a) fruits, vegetables, plants, seeds, food, insects: (b) meats, animals, animal/wildlife products: (c) disease agents, cell cultures, snails: (d) soil or have been on a farm/ranch/pasture: 12 I have (We have) been in close proximity of livestock:
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
No No No No No
(such as touching or handling)
13 I am (We are) carrying currency or monetary instruments
over $10,000 U.S. or foreign equivalent:
(see definition of monetary instruments on reverse)
14 I have (We have) commercial merchandise:
(articles for sale, samples used for soliciting orders, or goods that are not considered personal effects)
15 RESIDENTS—the total value of all goods, including commercial merchandise
I/we have purchased or acquired abroad, (including gifts for someone else, but not items mailed to the U.S.) and am/are bringing to the U.S. is: $ VISITORS—the total value of all articles that will remain in the U.S., including commercial merchandise is: $
Read the instructions on the back of this form. Space is provided to list all the items you must declare.
CBP Form 6059B (04/14)
1 Last name(s) Nationality
Mexican laws establish among others the following penalties and sanctions related to the importation of goods into the country: • Omission to declare whether coming in or out of the Mexico´s customs amounts of cash, in domestic or foreign checks, payment orders or any other documents receivable in an aggregate amount exceeding the equivalent of 10,000 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency, which action will be punishable with a fine of 20 to 40% of the exceeding amount and the corresponding criminal penalties will be applied. • Introduction into or extraction of goods from Mexico, using deceitful methods to hide items, when their imports or exports is prohibited, restricted or because foreign trade duties must be paid, will be punishable with fines ranging, to 70 or 100%, of the commercial value of merchandise. • Omission of the total or partial payment of foreign trade duties. When failure consist of only a duty omission and the goods do not exceed 3,000 US dollars or its equivalent In domestic or foreign currency, the penalty will consist of up to 116% of the commercial value of the items. Once the duties have been paid, the Customs Authority will make the items available to the passenger. • If the corresponding documentation required by the Customs Law prove that the merchandise was properly submitted for proper customs procedures in order to enter the country, is not exhibited, a precautionary seizure of the non declared goods as well as the corresponding vehicle, in case the passengers entered the country by land, will proceed. • For non declared items which do not comply with regulations and restrictions other than duties, abandonment can be declared once the corresponding fine is paid.
Issue on 2013. Please look up for changes in this information when you are visiting us again at customs desk or at www.aduanas.gob.mx Date (month/day/year)
Welcome to Mexico
I HAVE READ THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THIS FORM AND HAVE MADE A TRUTHFUL DECLARATION.
for passengers coming from abroad
Passengers may import items to their personal baggage without requiring the services of a customs agent by paying a global rate of 16%, provided that the total amount, excluding the duty free exemption, does not exceed 3,000 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency as long as an invoice, proof of payment or any other document that proves the commercial value of the items is provided.
INFRACTIONS AND SANCTIONS
9 Airline/Flight No. or Vessel Name 10 The primary purpose of this trip is business:
Please read the instructions prior to filling this form: Every passenger or head of household must provide the following information.
PAYMENT OF DUTIES
• Duties can be paid using the form “Pago de contribuciones al comercio exterior” (Foreign trade tax payment). • The total value of computer equipment, added to the rest of the items above cannot exceed 4,000 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency. • Items subject to compliance, regulations other than payment of duties (permits, certificates, and notifications) cannot be imported. • In order to determine the tax basis, the duty free exemptions mentioned in number 2 could be deducted from the value of the items.
5 Passport issued by (country)
8 Countries visited on this
Date of birth
VISITORS T Number of days you will stay in Mexico RESIDENTS OF MEXICO Number of days you stayed abroad
Number of family members traveling with you Number of luggage pieces (bags and packages) you bring with you Missing luggage or luggage to be imported by cargo (pieces) (See Notification 1 of this form)
4 MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION Mark with an X the means of transportation Maritime Vessel No.
Ground Transport No.
Air Flight No.
5 Carrying money in cash, receivables or a combination of both is legal; however, not declaring the total amount when more than the equivalent of 10,000 US dollars is carried may be subject to administrative or criminal penalties. Are you carrying amounts in cash, documents receivable (checks, promissory notes, payment orders, etc.) or a combination of them, the combined total of which exceeds 10,000 US dollars or their equivalent in national or foreign currency?
No If you have answered Yes, please declare the total amount in US dollars
If you answer Yes, you must also fill out the “Declaración de internación o extracción de cantidades en efectivo y/o documento por cobrar” (Customs Declaration for the import/export of cash, receivables or equivalent documents), which you can request from the customs personnel in charge at the entry ports to Mexico or download it from the Customs Internet Site: www.aduanas.gob.mx
U.S. CUSTOMS DECLARATION FORM*
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state of your address in the U.S. • If you are transiting through the U.S., you may write TRANSIT and your final destination country. • Lines 5 and 6 may be left blank if not using a passport. • On Line 9, enter WN for Southwest, followed by your specific flight number. • Please read both sides of the declaration. • Sign at the “X.”
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CANCUN UNDERWATER MUSEUM
This museum, which can be found 13 to 27 feet below sea level, fixes sculptures to the seabed and encourages coral growth on the underwater art.
PLAYA DELFINES Escape the crowds and head to one of Cancun’s quieter beaches. In addition to its peaceful vibes, Playa Delfines is known for its colorful, photo-worthy “Cancun” sign.
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COBA About two hours from Cancun and located near two lagoons, this ancient Mayan city is home to the 137-foot Nohoch Mul pyramid. Visitors will also see elevated stone and plaster roads near the site.
MEXICAN CUSTOMS DECLARATION FORM
Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (or one Passenger per family with the same address) on flights bound for Mexico. How to complete this form: • Complete sections 1–6. • Once completed, sign and date the form.
MEXICAN IMMIGRATION FORM
Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (including children) who are not citizens of Mexico, on flights bound for Mexico. How to complete this form: • Complete sections 1–14 on the top portion of the form and sections 1–10 on the bottom portion of the form. • Once completed, sign and date the top portion of the form.
• Sections on the form titled “USO OFICIAL” are for use by Mexican Immigration officials and should not be filled out by Passengers. What to do with this form: • The form will be separated as Passengers proceed through Mexican Customs. • Make sure to retain the bottom portion of the form, which serves as your visa while in Mexico. It must be surrendered
at time of check-in for your return flight. Passengers unable to present this form at time of departure will be fined by Mexican Immigration. * Go to cbp.gov to download, fill out, and print this form before your next international flight.
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