James R. Gill, A.A.E., IAP, is the President & Chief Executive Officer for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority. He is responsible for directing the day-to-day operations of the airport.
Prior to assuming his current duties in January 2017, he was Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer for the Allegheny County Airport Authority in Pittsburgh, PA. He was responsible for day-to-day oversight of the airport system and its 460+ staff members, as well as major initiatives such as air service negotiations, airline agreement negotiations, real estate development, etc.
Jim has held a number of positions within the aviation industry including: Contract Administrator Supervisor & Finance Director, both with the Allegheny County Department of Aviation in Pittsburgh, PA beginning in 1993, Deputy Executive Director – Finance & Administration with the Allegheny County Airport Authority, Pittsburgh, PA beginning in 1997, Deputy Airport Director – Finance, Business & Administration/CFO with the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority in Raleigh, NC beginning in 2001, and then returning to the Allegheny County Airport Authority in Pittsburgh, PA in 2001 as the Executive Vice President and CFO. Jim has nearly 25 years experience in the aviation management industry.
Jim holds a Master of Business Administration from Duquesne University with concentrations in Finance, Accounting and Management Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting from Duquesne University.
Jim is an Accredited Airport Executive with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), is a member of their Board of Examiners and is a member of their Finance & Administration Committee. Jim is an International Airport Professional (IAP) with Airports Council International (ACI) & International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). He is a member of the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) Finance Committee, and is a Certified Public Accountant.