President, Alliance Air/Aviation Services
Tom Harris has been an integral part of the development and success of AllianceTexas. With more than 28 years of tenure with Hillwood, Harris has touched every aspect of the business.
Harris began his career with Hillwood in 1990 at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport, the world’s first industrial airport. A key player in its development, Harris worked to establish and grow the airport’s Fixed Base Operation and Airport Management companies into world class operations.
In 2000, Harris moved to direct Hillwood’s Operations and Administration for the AllianceTexas development, which included: property and land management, aerospace and aviation business development, community relations, office administration, security, special events and owners’ association activities. In his role as Senior Vice President of Operations, Harris was also responsible for launching and overseeing Hillwood’s latest success, Alliance Landscape Company; an initiative to provide more efficient and economical high-quality landscape and irrigation solutions for AllianceTexas customers. He continues to oversee that business today.
Harris rejoined the Fort Worth Alliance Airport as President of Alliance Air Services and Alliance Aviation Services in 2012 and oversees the management, operation and service provision for both groups. Alliance Air/Aviation Services, Hillwood’s aviation management and service companies, manages Alliance Airport for the city of Fort Worth. Alliance Aviation Services operates Hillwood’s full-service Fixed Base Operation (FBO) at the airport.
Harris also serves as President of Alliance Air Productions, a nonprofit organization responsible for producing the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show. This air show is recognized as one of the best civilian produced shows in the country.
Before joining Hillwood, Harris served as manager of operations and maintenance for the City of Austin Aviation Department. He additionally worked at airports in Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin in various management positions for LSG/SkyChefs airline catering activities for several major airlines.
Tom is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives and currently serves on the Birdville ISD Education Foundation, Chairman of World Fuels Air Elite Board of Directors, and is the current Chairman of HCA North Hills Hospital Board of Trustees and The Tarrant County Workforce Solutions Aerospace Consortium.
Harris is past Chair of the First Candle/SIDS Alliance Board of Directors, a national nonprofit organization formed to increase community awareness and raise research funds for a cure or prevention of SIDS, stillbirth and other infant loss. Harris is the founder of the North Texas First Candle SIDS affiliate.
Tom and his wife Ellen are also the co-founders of the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds for depression research efforts, advocates on behalf of families who have lost loved ones to suicide and supports the local chapter of Mental Health America, now affiliated with MHMR.
Harris is a 1977 graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, a 2008 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business Executive Development Program and a graduate of Leadership Fort Worth.