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Mr. Gleich started in transportation in 1983 as a supervisor for Preston Trucking Company. Preston Trucking was a $500 million less than truckload carrier that operated east of the Mississippi. He was later promoted to Operations Manager of the Chicago Terminal, one of Preston’s larger operations.
In 1987, Jim joined Continental Air Transport Company, a $15 million passenger ground transportation company in Chicago that provided van service under the brand name of Airport Express and bus service under the name of Continental. He was brought in to start a door-to-door shared ride van division. In 1989, Jim was named General Manager and was instrumental in the turnaround of the company. He was appointed Vice President in 1991 where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company.
Mr. Gleich joined Coach USA as Vice President – Nevada, working out of the western region offices in Las Vegas, in February 1998. He was responsible for three subsidiaries; Grayline of Southern Nevada, KT Services and Express Shuttle Las Vegas. These three operations had combined revenue of $40 million and was one of Coach USA’s most profitable locations. Additionally, Mr. Gleich was a leader in the effort to brand all of Coach’s airport operations nationwide.
In June of 1999, Jim joined VecTour Inc (Travelways), the country’s third largest passenger transportation company ($250m) as Senior Vice President, overseeing the company’s holdings from Chicago to California. This included approximately $110m in revenue. The region produced 40% of the company’s profit.
Currently, Mr. Gleich is the Senior Vice President – West Region for Veolia Transportation on Demand, a nationwide provider of ground transportation services. In his current role, Jim has accomplished acquisitions and integration on a number of companies as well as provided leadership for organic growth in the existing companies. He has won and negotiated contracts with airports and corporations for transportation services. These services include buses, vans, sedans and taxi services. VTOD is a division of Veolia Transportation, the largest provider of transportation services in the world.
Mr. Gleich was elected to the post of Trustee for the Village of Villa Park where he served one term. He also served on the Clean Cities Steering Committee for the City of Chicago. Jim served on the Board of Directors for the O’Hare Rotary Club, serving one term as President. He spent two years as President of GroundNet International, a marketing cooperative made up of ground transportation operators worldwide. Jim also spent two years as the President of the Airport Ground Transportation Association where he is also a member of the Board of Directors and was an Advisory Board member for Ridesource.com, an Internet startup that provides ground transportation reservations over the web.
Abubaker Azam (Abu) has over thirty years of Aviation Management experience. Mr. Azam joined the City and County of San Francisco in 1992 and has had multiple managerial positions leading to his current appointed as the Sr. Manager Operation - Airport Services at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Mr. Azam is a results oriented manager of innovation with 20+ years experience implementing creative strategies in multiple businesses.
In his current capacity, Mr. Azam is responsible for the safe, secure and efficient operation of San Francisco International Airport. Mr. Azam has many years of experience in public sector budgeting, administration and management. Strategic business development expert with specialties in planning, operations, engineering, association management, emergency preparedness, business continuity and high performance teams. Mr. Azam is on the Board of Directors of the Airport Ground Transportation Association and is the Chairman of the California Airports Council – Landside Committee.
Prior to joining the City of San Francisco, Mr. Azam was in the U.S. Air Force, and was assigned to a Search and Rescue Wing. In his role with the Military, Mr. Azam has been a Weather Forecaster, an Air Traffic Controller, an Airfield Manager and a Combat Rescue Operator. Mr. Azam is a Commercial Pilot and a certified FAA Air Traffic Controller.
Mr. Azam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautics from Embry‐Riddle Aeronautical University, A Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Services from San Francisco State University and is a recent graduate of the Hass School of Business, Executive Management Program, University of California, Berkeley.
Sarah Fisher joined The Parking Spot as its Associate General Counsel in August 2013. The Parking Spot is the leading near-airport private parking company with 39 locations at 21 airports, and over 1,800 employees nationwide. Ms. Fisher currently serves as The Parking Spot’s Vice President and General Counsel. In this role, Ms. Fisher is responsible for overseeing all legal aspects of the company which includes working with the relevant ground transportation and land side departments, executive staff and municipal, city and state stakeholders involved in the daily and strategic operations of the airports at which The Parking Spot operates. To date, Ms. Fisher has worked directly with airport partners on permitting and critical operational matters at Los Angeles International Airport, Nashville International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, New York JFK, New York LaGuardia, Newark Liberty, Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Denver International Airport, Pittsburgh International Airport, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, and the Houston Intercontinental and Hobby Airports
Ms. Fisher holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA) and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center (Washington, DC). Prior to joining The Parking Spot, Ms. Fisher was a Real Estate Associate in the Chicago office of the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. At Skadden, Ms. Fisher worked with a variety of the firm’s real estate holding and REIT clients on financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and asset and entity purchases and sales.
Mr. Farouq Massoud, President and CEO of Dulles Airport Taxi, Inc. and M & R Taxi, has over 50 years of experience in taxicab management.
Mr. Massoud came to this country in 1963, after having graduated from the University of Kabul Afghanistan and served two years in the Afghan army as an artillery officer.
Mr. Massoud in 1968 formed Massoud Skinner Auto Service (operating as M & S Auto) dedicated to small and large auto repairs. Mr. Massoud quickly understood that taxicab drivers in Arlington and Alexandria were being subjected to scams from other repair shops and started offering discounts to the local cab drivers and companies.
Then in August of 1983, Mr Massoud was granted 10 taxicab certificates by Arlington County Virginia. That company became Arlington Blue Top Cabs. Blue Top Cabs quickly became known as the Senior Citizen Cab Company, as Mr. Massoud’s Blue Top was the first taxicab company in the Metropolitan Washington Area to offer seniors a discount on their fares.
Currently Blue Top Cabs operates 141 taxicabs in Arlington, making it the second largest cab company in Arlington County.
In 1989, Mr Massoud formed a company called Washington Dulles Transportation, Ltd. which ran the Washington Flyer Operations at Dulles Airport from November 1989 through June 2000. During Mr. Massoud and WDT’s tenure at Dulles Airport, the Flyer fleet won two Air Ground Transportation Association (AGTA) International Operator of the Year Awards.
In 1995, WDT also was awarded the taxi dispatching contract at Port Columbus Airport, a contract that its sister company, DAT, then operated. In 1998, WDT’s operation at Port Columbus won recognition from AGTA for the improvements in the service provided to ground transportation passengers at Columbus Airport. DAT (Dulles Airport Taxi) managed the operations at Port Columbus Airport from 1995 through 2006.
Then in 2003, Mr. Massoud’s company DAT won the concession to operate the taxicabs at RDU Airport in Raleigh Durham NC. Since Mr. Massoud’s company took over the operation, DAT has won the AGTA Award for International Operator of the Year, the first time in AGTA history that a set of sister corporations has won this award 3 times. Given the fact that this was the 1st time in recent memory that an open taxi system was changed to a closed system, this is an amazing accomplishment.
Mr. Massoud is currently on the AGTA Board of Directors, and has beena member of the Board of Directors since 1989. In addition, Mr. Massoud was formerly on the Board of Directors for the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, Northern Virginia Community College, Potomac Bank, and was a member of the Dulles Area Transportation Association and Ballston Virginia Civic Square Association.
Currently Mr. Massoud is running the Washington Flyer Fleet under the trade name of Dulles Airport Taxi along with another contractor. Dulles Airport Taxi came back to Dulles in 2007 and since then – has travelled over 200 million miles without an accident.
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April Russ is the Manager, Landside Operations at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, Florida. She has been with the Airport for 12 years, starting as an Agent working with Airside/Landside/Terminal operations then after about two years transitioning to a focus on Landside Operations. In Landside Operations, April is responsible for managing ground transportation, parking, and the rental car operations. She is a graduate of LeTourneau University in Texas with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Professional Flight. April has been a member of the AGTA since 2006.
Dr. Ray Mundy, is the John Barriger III Professor of Transportation Studies and Director of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, where he also teaches courses in Supply Chain Management and Transportation. He has authored numerous industry reports, is an active lecturer at national transportation and logistics seminars, and is a frequent contributor of articles to trade publications and journals.
Formerly, Dr. Mundy managed the Transportation Management and Policies Studies program at the University of Tennessee. There he was a Director of the University of Tennessee's Supply Chain Forum and the MBA and Ph.D. advisor for the department. In these capacities, Dr. Mundy managed numerous major research efforts, training programs, and technical assistance projects over his twenty-seven years with the University.
Currently Dr. Mundy sits on editorial boards of the International Journal of Transportation Planning and Technology and the Transportation Management Journal, is a consultant to both the public and private sectors, including engagements with numerous U.S airports and their ground transportation companies, the U.S. Department of Transportation, World Bank, CSX and Burlington Northern Railroads, the Coca-Cola Company, EDS, Ryder, Toyota Motor Company of America, John Deere, Forward Air, Land Air, and Accenture.
Dr. Mundy is the Executive Director of the Airport Ground Transportation Association and Director of the Tennessee Transportation and Logistics Foundation. Dr. Mundy holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph..D. in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University.