Arnold R. Crater, MS, MBA, PMP, ITIL, DCIE, DCOM

Chief Information And Technical Officer

Arnold Crater has served as Chief Information Officer for Illinois’ Regional Transportation Authority and Director of Worldwide Technical Support for Motorola. In this capacity, Mr. Crater provided IT operations and integration oversight and governance for the six-county region served by the RTA system of public transportation, including the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace Bus.

A technology leader and seasoned operations professional, Arnold has built an expansive 25-year career, increasing business value through the development and execution of innovative growth initiatives and technology-enabled roadmaps. Broadly experienced across a wide range of verticals, he has an enhanced ability to help organizations enhance operational efficiency, accelerate revenue growth, maximize profitability, and facilitate continuous improvement through alignment of business, technology, and customer operations. With both public and private sector experience, Arnold has a proven capability to manage high-value projects and align diverse teams to strategic objectives. He delivers large-scale contributions to organizations through the introduction of multifaceted strategies, business development plans, and the revolution of current practices and systems. Recognized as a creative problem solver, he has a proven track record of transforming complex business challenges into positive growth. Motivational in his approach, Arnold is an emotionally intelligent leader, bringing together disparate teams, processes, and systems to affect significant growth and turnarounds. Possessing excellent digital leadership capability and a portfolio of business success, he makes an extensive and diverse background, network, and expertise and can communicate stakeholder requirements across all levels of seniority.

Arnold has an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, an MSME & BSME from the University of Illinois, Chicago. I also have PMP, ITIL, DCIE, DCOM certifications.  Arnold is also active in the following organizations:

  • ELECTED BOARD MEMBER • Board of Education for Flossmoor School District 161
  • ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER • Government Technology Forum
  • MEMBER • Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • Former SECRETARY • North American Transit CIO Consortium
  • BOARD PRESIDENT • Ballantrae of Flossmoor Community Home Owners Association
  • MEMBER • Building Industry Consulting Services  International (BICSI)
  • CHAIR • Southland Citizens Action Committee
  • MEMBER • Program Management Institute