Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> June 15, 1998

James R. Crane – Eagle Usa Airfreight Inc (eusa)

JAMES R. CRANE is the Chairman, President, CEO, and major shareholder of EGL-Eagle Global Logistics, the largest and fastest-growing freight forwarder in the domestic heavy freight market and a growing presence in the international arena. Since founding EGL in 1984 ' then known as EAGLE USA Airfreight ' Mr. Crane has directed the company's growth by creating a unique business model within the transportation industry that combines the flexibility of traditional freight forwarding with multi- modal transportation using integrated global logistics. EGL's non-asset based model allows the company to provide customized transportation solutions without the schedule limitations and higher costs of dedicated aircraft and truck fleets. In October 2000, EGL completed a merger with Circle International that doubled the size of the company. The merger combined the strength of EGL's comprehensive US network with the scope of Circle's international infrastructure creating a full-service freight forwarding and logistics company. The company's stock is publicly traded on the NASDAQ market. Mr. Crane was educated at Central Missouri State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial safety in 1976 followed by Master's work. Following college, Mr. Crane worked with a major insurance carrier for seven years before entering the transportation industry. After gaining transportation experience from two airfreight companies, Mr. Crane founded EAGLE USA Airfreight in 1984. Recent recognition enjoyed by Mr. Crane and EGL employees include the following: 1996 Entrepreneur of the Year in Houston and Runner-up in the National Award. He is President of The Crane Foundation, which contributes to local and national charities. In May 1999, the Houston Chronicle named Eagle USA to the Chronicle 100 Leading Companies in Houston. Profile
TWST: If you would, give our readers a thumbnail sketch of Eagle USA.

Mr. Crane: Eagle USA Airfrieght is a value-added, non-asset based

transportation company offering overnight, same-day,