Name: Sandy Dunn
Employer: Ewing-Dunn, Inc
What is your job title? Part owner and general manager of Ewing-Dunn, Inc. DBA: Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon and Brioche Doree
How long have you worked at CLT? 43 years
What originally attracted you to working at CLT?
I took a job as general manager of the newsstands and gift shops with Dobbs House, Inc., which not only managed food and beverage, but CLT retail concessions at that time.
Describe your typical workday.
Every day is different. I check to see that all the stores are running smoothly and if not, deal with the problems of the moment. I schedule and conduct interviews and fingerprinting/badging appointments. I deal with the brands, webinars, conference calls, sales reporting, new products, etc. I do some purchasing of equipment, uniforms and operating supplies. Much of my day involves dealing with employee issues and paying bills.
What do you like most about working at CLT?
The best part about working at CLT is the people—fellow ACDBE owners, HMSHost and other fellow airport employee friends that I have made over the years. Don’t forget all the interesting and sometimes famous passengers we see and occasionally get to talk with. CLT is a great place to people watch if you have a few minutes.
What daily attitude/saying/motto do you bring to your job?
Expect the unexpected and be ready to deal with it competently and quickly.
Do you have any fun memories or moments/stories from your time at CLT that you would like to share?
My years at CLT have been much like watching a child grow up. I have watched it grow from a rather laid back, security checkpoint free, small airport to the large bustling and still growing airport of today. It seems they have been adding runways and building onto this terminal since the day we moved in it!
What keeps you at CLT?
I stay at CLT because I am fortunate enough to have a job that I enjoy—most days!!
What makes the City of Charlotte, a special place to live/work?
Charlotte is a special place to live and work because of its friendly people, its location and all it offers to its people and businesses. It is only a short drive to the mountains or the beach. It offers professional sports teams, colleges, the arts and a growing number of restaurants and night life choices. As for the businesses specifically, all of the above, and Charlotte is a banking center, a transportation center (Thanks partially to CLT) and is one of the fastest growing cities in the country.
What is the best advice you’ve gotten from someone since starting work at CLT?
The best advice I have received is to accept change and adapt! That would also be the advice I would give someone new coming to work at CLT.
If you could hop on a plane and fly anywhere, where would you fly and why?
There are numerous places I would like to hop on a plane and go—Australia, Ireland, Italy and Japan—but being a bit claustrophobic, I’m not sure I could.