Jim Szczesniak, A.A.E.
Interim Director of Aviation
Houston Airports

Jim Szczesniak, A.A.E. is the Interim Director of Aviation for the Houston Airport System (HAS). Jim has more than two decades of management experience in both the public and private sector. 

He is responsible for:

  • Execution of HAS’s strategic initiatives
  • Drive for five-star system performance
  • Maximizing the commercial potential of HAS infrastructure
  • Maintaining operational excellence throughout the HAS organization

Previously, Mr. Szczesniak served as the Airport Director for the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). ANC is the world’s fourth busiest air cargo airport and gateway to Alaska. Jim also spent a decade at the Chicago Department of Aviation. Jim started in airport operations at O’Hare International Airport, became Director of Airport Planning and ultimately Deputy Commissioner of Aviation overseen section at both O’Hare and Midway International Airport.

Mr. Szczesniak holds a MBA from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University. Jim is a licensed commercial pilot and aircraft mechanic. Jim is an Accredited Airport Executive by the American Association of Airport Executives.