Richard Crider, A.A.E.

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Executive Summary

Richard Crider, A.A.E., is Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Port San Antonio, situated on 1,900 acres of the former Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. This logistics-based industrial platform is home to more than 70 private and public organizations that employ approximately 12,000 workers and generate over $4 billion in annual economic impact.

Prior to joining Port San Antonio, Crider served as Vice President of Airport Development and Management Services at RW Armstrong, where he established and led the Austin office serving aviation and transportation customers in the southwestern U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.

Crider has over 25 years of executive-level experience directing operations and development at both commercial and general aviation airports across the nation. His expertise also includes collaboration with the U.S. military on joint projects, operations and P4 initiatives.

An executive member of the American Association of Airport Executives, Crider has served as its South Central Chapter President, National Airports Conference Chair, Industrial Aviation/Military Relations Committee Vice Chair and Airports Conference of the Americas Vice Chair. He has also held leadership positions with Airports Council International-North America, Florida Airports Council, United Way, Boy Scouts of America and other non-profit organizations.

Crider is an instrument and multi-engine rated commercial pilot and aircraft owner, and a former adjunct professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Experience Highlights

Port San Antonio, Texas

Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives/Airport

  • Responsible for long-term strategy and redevelopment of Port San Antonio, the former 1,900-acre Kelly Air Force Base, generating over $4 billion in annual economic impact and supporting 12,000 employees.
  • Direct integration of Kelly Field into local, regional, state and national systems of civil airports.
  • Rapidly assumed positions of increased leadership overseeing aeronautical and non-aeronautical business units since appointment as General Manager in 2011.

RW Armstrong, Austin, Texas

Vice President of Airport Development and Management Services

  • Established new regional office offering aviation and transportation services to the southwestern U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.
  • Served as principal investigator for Airport Cooperative Research Program report Guidebook for Developing and Leasing Airport Property, administered by the Transportation Research Board.

Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority, Florida

Chief Executive Officer

  • Responsible for the overall operation of the Airport Authority and management of a thriving commercial service airport in north central Florida.
  • Capital improvement planning and federal funding advocacy resulted in renovation of the airport’s primary runway, terminal expansion, a new entrance road and consolidated rental car facilities.
  • Successfully recruited regional jet service companies to base operations at the airfield.

Abilene Regional Airport, Texas

Airport Director

  • Directed recruitment of new airline and development of an air service expansion plan that yielded 25 percent growth in a single calendar year.
  • Promoted and led significant facility improvements including the first terminal renovation and expansion project in 30 years, development of a new air traffic control tower, and planning and funding for a taxiway extension and aircraft parking ramp.
  • Advocated local economic initiatives including an adjacent air industrial park, expansion of a regional airline maintenance base and support of a local industrial foundation.

Rickenbacker International Airport, Columbus, Ohio

Airport Director

  • Responsible for administrative, operational and facility management for a 5,000-acre cargo, military and commercial service airport with an adjacent industrial park.
  • Orchestrated recruitment, retention and expansion activities resulting in addition of major tenants.


M.A., Public Policy and Management, Ohio State University
B.S., Aviation Management and Minor, Business Administration, University of Central Texas