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Early Years: Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, Jim and his family moved to Bartonville, Illinois (Peoria County) within the year. He is a 1981 graduate of Limestone Community High School (Bartonville, Peoria County) where he established his leadership skills through sports, most notably as a co-founder and coach for the competitive Lake Camelot swim team in Mapleton, IL that thrives yet today. Through middle school and high school, Jim was active in competitive swimming, track, cross country, basketball and competed one year at the NCAA collegiate level his freshman year as a Boilermaker on the Purdue University Swim Team.
Jim has a Bachelor of Science Degree, Industrial Management, minor in Computer Science, Purdue University (1984).
Faith, Family, and Community: Married to Jill (30 years), they began their family in Midland, Michigan. They have four children, James II (27), Stephen (26), Matthew (21), and Katie (19).
In Midland, Jim served on the Church Education Commission (Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish), as a Lake Huron Area Council Cub Scouts leader, and various advancing executive roles for the local USS/USA Midland Dolphins Community Swim Team as assistant coach, committee member, Meet Director, and Vice President of the organization.
For professional interests, he and Jill moved to Oswego, IL in 1997. The family remains active in St. Anne Parish.
Continuing his extensive community involvement in the Oswego and Aurora region, Jim served both Boys and Girls Grade School Basketball leagues as a coach for five years. His dedication with scouting continued for more than 15 years mentoring young men’s faith and leadership skills. An exemplary role model, Jim exhibited caring for the environment while supporting many scout outings and Eagle projects including projects for the American Legion Post 675 and the Aurora AMVETS, among others. Ever altruistic, Jim, with his calm charisma, guided as part of a team of adult leaders, many Scouts to achieve distinguished honors as Eagle Scouts.
Jim is an executive entrepreneur with 30 years’ experience in Information Technology, Project Management, and Business Process Implementation. He manages multi-million dollar projects with oversight in all phases of business process. His specialty is manufacturing companies’ Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Quality Management implementations. His practice crosses diverse industries including: Electronics, Automotive, Chemical / Process, Plastic Packaging, Office Products and Retail, Construction Equipment, Agriculture, and Foundries / Railroad Products. Jim’s success is a result of his hands-on approach, listening to all levels of staff from factory line to C-Suite. He has crossed Illinois, the United States, and worked internationally garnering an intrinsic knowledge to negotiate and then execute complex, efficient, re-engineering of work process, new technologies and software. His talents include blending the complexities of finance incorporating conscious capitalism, worker value, and American ideals.