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Terry Stanton

Terry Stanton

Name: Terry Stanton
Job Title: Assistant Federal Security Director – Screening

How long have you worked at CLT?
I’ve worked 30 years at CLT. I was employed 35 years with USAir, and currently I’m in my 17th year with TSA.

What originally attracted you to working at CLT?
I was sent to Charlotte as a hub manager to assist with the Piedmont-USAir merger. This came as an unexpected and unique opportunity that presented itself in February 1989 for a broader job title and more responsibility with my previous employer USAir.

This did, of course, come with a downfall of relocating my family hundreds of miles away, however, the opportunity for growth and development within my career had my entire family on board for such a large move. Certainly the expansion of Charlotte as a city as well as USAir at that time was appealing, not to mention the warm change of climate from Detroit.

Describe your typical workday?
A typical day for me involves reviewing the previous day’s stats, identifying special operations, attending operational meetings, preparing schedules, planning use of K-9 coverage, handling employee disputes, mitigating customer concerns and answering emails.

What do you like most about working at CLT?
The ever-changing lifestyle of Charlotte as a city and community make it the most interesting place to work. I enjoy meeting new people and welcoming them to Charlotte, so I can pass on a sense of southern hospitality.

What daily attitude/saying/motto do you bring to your job?
1. Persistence and determination
2. Respect and compassion for others

Do you have any fun memories or moments/stories from your time at CLT that you would like to share?
At one point my entire family worked at an airport (PIT and CLT). My wife was a flight attendant. My son works for City of Charlotte - Aviation Department. My daughter and her husband were both flight attendants for USAir.

What keeps you at CLT?
I am always striving to do better than I did the day before. So the way I see it, if I have another day to make it better, more secure than today, I will keep moving forward.

What makes the city of Charlotte a special place to live/work?
With CLT being American’s second largest HUB, and the Airport’s continued growth, the pace is fast and welcomed. It brings job security for all.

What is the best advice you’ve gotten from someone since starting work at CLT?
Being told to slow down only inspired me to stay ahead of the game.

If you could hop on a plane and fly anywhere, where would you fly and why?
Pittsburgh, Pa … That is where my two beautiful granddaughters live, and they have become my purpose.