While being in school full time, Dakota always worked at least two jobs. He was eager to work in a place that had great benefits, with room to grow, and had the kind of team morale he had always heard about. He quickly transferred from Night Operations to International Tradeshow Account Manager. The daily challenges and shift in pace as well as the constant variations each day represents are the things that make his job intriguing and are what truly sets Airways apart from anything else he’s ever done.
Dakota grew up in the town of Combs, Arkansas and attended school in St. Paul for a couple of years before transferring over to Elkins, Arkansas and eventually graduating from there in 2009. What stands out the most from his childhood is the vacations he took with his family camping at Roaring River, and also getting to vacation with family friends at Gulf Shores, Alabama.
After the death of his father, Dakota looked up to his older cousin Gary Johnson. From a very young age he was always a great mentor, and to this day, there is never a time when he doesn’t look to him for advice. Dakota is extremely grateful that he has been in his life, and feels he owes a lot to him.
While growing up, Dakota was always the one to make sure he and his friends stayed safe and out of trouble, so sometimes he was referred by them as “the mother hen” of the group.
Dakota is very proud of his family consisting of his wife, Maggie, his son Emmett and another son due at the end of July, Rowan. The connection they share and the trials of surviving the hardships of having a premature baby, only strengthened their bond as a family.
When asked if he had any philosophical views, Dakota believes through experience that when something bad happens, you have three choices… You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.
Dakota likes to read, and also enjoys the outdoors, riding four wheelers in particular. He tries to spend as much time with his family as he can, and he and his wife are looking forward to the arrival of their newest addition.
Dakota is hardworking and dedicated, he has done everything from sports information and working as a pharmacy tech to custodial and parking/transit at the University of Arkansas. His work ethic is a force to be reckoned with and he always gives 110% in anything he does. Dakota’s favorite quote is a line from the movie Gladiator “What we do in life echoes in eternity”. He lives each day ready to take on any challenges, and is consequently creating his legacy.