Craig Drew

Fundraising Co-Chair

Two years before retiring from Southwest Airlines in 2020, Craig asked his wife, Allison, where she wanted to spend their retirement years. After some thought she said, “I’ve followed you around with your career for almost 40 years; I think I’d like to live near my family.” With siblings in Wasatch County, Heber became the destination of choice, a superb choice they might add!

Craig grew up in Timmins, Ontario, Canada, graduated from high school and made his way to Brigham Young University where he graduated with a BSc in Geography with minors in Economics and Korean. He earned an M.A. in Historical Studies from Cal State University. Craig always dreamed of becoming an airline pilot, and after BYU graduation, he completed flight school in Provo, then headed back to Canada for two years of bush flying, flight instructing and managing a small charter operation. He eventually was hired by Skywest Airlines in St George, UT, then continued up the flying career ladder as a pilot with Southwest Airlines, eventually serving as a Chief Pilot, Vice President of Flight Operations and Senior Vice President of Air Operations. 

Although technically “retired,” Craig continues to engage in the aviation consulting world. Additionally, he teaches in the Aviation Department at Arizona State University as a part time adjunct instructor. During his executive time at Southwest Airlines, Craig served as a board member for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the chairman of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Next Generation Advisory Committee sub-committee. 

Craig and Allison have been married for almost 46 years and are the parents of five boys and grandparents to twelve grandchildren. Together, they also serve as Utah Directors over Large Humanitarian and Service Projects for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Craig is very excited about serving on the WCF board and continuing to build an already exceptional community.