James M. Crites serves as Executive Vice President for the Operations Division of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. He oversees the Airport’s Asset Management, Energy and Transportation Management, Operations, Planning, Department of Public Safety, Environmental Affairs and Airport Development and Engineering divisions.
Mr. Crites joined the DFW staff on October 30, 1995 as the Director of Planning and Marketing Research. He provided key leadership in planning for facilities development and assessment of new business opportunities as part of the highly regarded Airport Development Plan.
Prior to this, Mr. Crites worked in several key management positions at American Airlines, Inc. including Managing Director, Airport Services and Financial Planning.
Mr. Crites graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and subsequently earned a master’s in operations research while attending the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Aviation Group (TRB-AV000), Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences; Chairman of the Committee on Airfield, Airspace Delay and Capacity (TRB-AV050) and is a member of the Airport Cooperative Research Program Oversight Committee.
Mr. Crites also is a member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aeronautics Research Advisory Committee (ARAC), the Airspace Systems Program Subcommittee (ASPS) and the U.S. Government Accountability Office, National Aviation Studies Advisory Panel.
Mr. Crites is married and has two children.