Jim Butler, the youthful, energetic, just retired
senior vice president airport operations and cargo from American Airlines
in Dallas, barely misses a beat, having said goodbye and then hello
in almost the same breath.
Now as CFO for Gatwick
Airport in the U.K., ‘Big Jim’ at 6'4" is a great
catch for that gateway, as he is a brilliant strategic thinker, genuine
good-guy and a very positive force.
I know Jim from
his years at AA Cargo where he once served as President.
is a third-generation member of a transportation-centric family.
His grandfather was a top executive at Panagra in Latin
America. I recall one of our early conversations, as we reminisced
about those glory days of Panagra, an airline owned by Pan Am.
Jim also revealed just where he was coming from, as he
moved into top management at AA Cargo:
aspect” Jim said of the air transportation business is that
the “ebbs and flows” of global economies suggest a vital
“Be prepared to act on the next
Being A Transportation Parent
a father of four, I especially appreciated what Jim said in 2015 about
being an air transportation parent with his wife Sharon, as the couple
raise two children, Alex and Reagan who are now twelve and eleven
“No one ever looked back at their
life and said that they wished that they had worked more, but they
certainly look back to say that they didn’t spend enough time
with the family,” Jim declared.
well-spoken, never forgotten.
Maintaining a healthy
balance, whenever the possibility exists, never gets old.