Cayman Airways was my first position as a sales executive in the travel industry and it was a very strange setup. I interviewed there in 1989 and didn't get the job. I could tell I was well-liked at my interview, but they were starting a whole new non-stop service out of New York and needed someone with experience, so they hired Winston, who was an experienced sales manager at British Airways and whose parents were from Jamaica. This was all explained to me through a really nice letter from my would-be [and future] boss Frank. Much to my chagrin, I went back to the job I had at Garuda Indonesia Airlines. At the time i and even joined a better company with better chances of advancement. When I had my new job for only five months as a sales assistant, I received a phone call from Frank at Cayman Airways. The man who had gotten the job instead of me, was moving to start an office in Atlanta and the position in NYC was open again. I interviewed again and I got it.
I was informed that I was reporting to my bosses in Miami and flew to Miami for the quarterly sales meeting and met all my co-workers. But I soon learned that there was a structure that was very confusing. You see, for years, Cayman had a staff in our cities that was under the control of the Department of Tourism, but they also repped the airline. It was their concern to get people to the islands on any airline, but Cayman Airways felt they needed dedicated airline professionals in every office. In my office, there had been a boss for years, but he wasn't MY boss and my Miami boss let me know it. But C., the tourism boss in NYC had other ideas. It was very uncomfortable that he expected to control me, but I had a boss in Miami. Eventually my boss -- who always had my back, was terminated and my boss in Miami was B who would tell me to stand up to C but then would betray me behind my back. I was very naive about all this. Let's just say that while I was on the road four days a week, it was natural for Annu to want companionship with the Cayman Airways/DOT people and there was a lot of manipulation going on by C and B and when the airline stopped flying out of NY and I was scrambling for a job, things had become so strained between Annu - who had already been hired by DOT, and C had hated me from day one, I ran out of there to a new job and didn't look back. I should have,