Sabre employees in Southlake gathered Monday afternoon to celebrate and bid a fond farewell to Sam Gilliland, who recently stepped down as Chairman and CEO.  Sam now serves on the Sabre board of directors.

His successor, Tom Klein, feted Sam with great memories, funny stories and a one-of-a-kind piece of art commemorating all of Sam’s accomplishments at Sabre.

Sam’s wife, Shannon took part in the celebration and was acknowledged several times for her role in Sam’s success. Board members also attended the event and thanked Sam for his service, dedication and leadership.

There were mixed emotions from all as the team is happy to see Sam move on to new and different things but he was, most definitely, a beloved leader of the company.