2023 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Ricky D. Griffin, Jr.

Dec. 19, 2023
Ricky D. Griffin, Jr. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Assistant Vice President

As the Assistant Vice President at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Ricky D. Griffin, Jr. began his journey within the organization as a guest relations coordinator. He rapidly ascended to roles such as Customer Experience Coordinator, Experience Hub Manager and IOC Bridge Manager. Notably, his leadership in the Experience Hub, focused on data analytics to enhance customer experience, garnered attention in USA Today for ensuring a seamless experience for passengers.

"I particularly enjoy the Culture at DFW Airport. We strive to be the best airport in the world, and our organization makes me feel as though I am making a difference and that I am part of something greater than myself,” he said.

In his previous role as the IOC Bridge Manager, Griffin played a crucial role in process improvement and stakeholder engagement, working tirelessly to introduce innovative technologies that enhance daily operations. His leadership and knowledge were pivotal in transforming a strategic initiative into a fully operational Integrated Operations Center.

Griffin played a pivotal role in establishing the Integrated Operations Center (IOC) at DFW Airport. The IOC, a cutting-edge facility designed to enhance operational efficiency, stands as a testament to his ability to lead high-visibility initiatives successfully. From concept to implementation, he contributed significantly to the development of the IOC, ensuring its seamless integration of technology for a coordinated response to disruptions in the airport environment.

One of Griffin's key accomplishments includes spearheading the implementation of a real-time airport dashboard, providing users with crucial data on airport performance and forecasting future impacts. His innate ability to swiftly identify and address challenges has positioned him as a "super-user" across various technologies, facilitating effective problem-solving and collaboration with vendors.

Griffin was also credited with bringing the Therapy Dog Program (K9 Crew) to DFW Airport, an accomplishment he is most proud of. 

“Seeing the joy on the faces of our passengers as they travel through DFW airport and see one of our therapy dogs brings me joy and I am proud to be part of that,” he said.

In the realm of industry involvement, Griffin is an active member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), participating in panel discussions to share insights on Irregular Operations. His role as a peer reviewer for the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) demonstrates his commitment to advancing industry knowledge and best practices.

Looking to the future, Griffin said "I want to be known as a leader in the industry with the ability to shape and guide diverse teams, work cross-functionally, and drive innovation."