James W. McCaleb
Vice President, Yellowstone CFIP
McCaleb has nearly 36 years of national park concessions management experience. He held a variety of seasonal management positions with the Yellowstone concessioner during the late seventies and early eighties and in 1982 assumed the position of Director of Operations for the Utah Parks Division of TW Services, Inc. In that capacity, he directed the guest operations at Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Grand Canyon (North Rim) National Parks.
In 1985, McCaleb returned to Yellowstone after accepting the position of Executive Director, Operations for TW Services’ concessions operations in the park. With the acquisition of TW Services by Xanterra Parks & Resorts in December 1995, he was promoted to General Manager of the division.
McCaleb received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University in 1981. He was selected to serve on A Christian Ministry in the National Parks (ACMNP) national board of directors in September 2004, and was appointed to its board of trustees in 2007. McCaleb was a member of the Yellowstone Park School Board for nine years, serving as chairman for three of those years.
He has served on the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association’s board of directors for the majority of the past 20 years. He was president during the 2002/2003 term and is a past chairman of the board for the association. In addition, he was selected to serve as a director on the board of the WLRA Education Foundation and is a past president of the foundation. He served as a board member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AH&LA) national board of directors for two terms, from 2004 to 2010. During his tenure on the board, he also served as a committee member on AH&LA’s Lodging Industry Rating Advisory Council.
In July 2007, McCaleb was appointed by Wyoming Governor, Dave Freudenthal to serve a three-year term on the nine-member Wyoming Travel & Tourism board. In March 2011, McCaleb was appointed to the board of directors of the National Park Hospitality Association (NPHA). Jim McCaleb was honored by Xanterra Parks & Resorts as its General Manager of the Year in both 2001 and 2004. He was also honored by the state of Wyoming with its prestigious “Big Wyo” award, recognizing him as Wyoming’s top tourism official in 2009.