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Mr. Grimes has over 40 years of experience in the aviation industry which gives him an unique expertise in the operational perspectives of both airlines and airports. His decade at Lockheed Air Terminal and its subsequent organizations, Airport Group International and TBI plc, gave him extensive experience evaluating airport privatizations/acquisitions, cargo operations, and fueling facilities throughout the world as part of a unique airport development team.
Mr. Grimes joined Continental Airlines in 1961 and over the next 27 years held management positions in passenger and cargo service, in-flight services, finance, operations, and sales and marketing in both the United States and Micronesia. From 1981 until 1988, Mr. Grimes served as General Manager ' Seattle, in charge of carrier's airport operations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with regional responsibilities for marketing, sales, service, cargo, and the administration of the company's business in Alaska, Washington, and Western Canada.
In 1988, Mr. Grimes joined Lockheed Air Terminal where he was responsible for the management of the company's airline services and aircraft fuel systems in Hawaii, Atlanta and San Jose. He was subsequently promoted to Director, Business Development, Pacific, charged with building new business and leading major projects that were undertaken in the Pacific division. In this capacity, he led the company's efforts on two projects ' at Hong Kong's new Chek Lap Kok International Airport and at a joint venture project that included 14 airports in central and southern China. Mr. Grimes was appointed Director, Project Development, in 1997 where he was responsible for the due diligence, evaluation, and recommendations of potential airport privatizations and acquisitions. During this time he led the company's efforts in the successful privatization/acquisition of airports in the United Kingdom and Australia and bid efforts in New Zealand, Spain and South America. He was also extensively involved on cargo handling opportunities in Sydney and Perth Australia, Russia, Spain, JFK in New York, Anchorage, and Hong Kong, and he led the company's efforts to provide ground handling at Dusseldorf, Shanghai, and Perth. In November of 2000, Mr. Grimes was appointed Director of Operations where he was responsible for oversight of project proposals as well as for conducting financial and operational analysis on various projects on behalf of senior management.
Since retiring in 2001, Mr. Grimes has been an industry consultant and has conducted engagements for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service in connection with the project to upgrade, operate, and maintain the airport on Midway Atoll, for ExIm Bank, and for the West Cargo Facilities at San Francisco International Airport.