A native of Florida, Jim has spent nearly all of his professional life with Goodwill Industries. In 1970, following three years of military service, he entered Goodwill Industries of America’s Executive Training Program in Houston. In 1972 he became Executive Vice President of Goodwill Industries in Beaumont TX, following which he accepted the position of Vice President-Operations of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc., headquartered in Indianapolis. Since 1974 Jim has been President and CEO of the Indianapolis-based Goodwill organization which, with 2500 employees and $100 million in revenue, is one of the largest of 160 Goodwill corporations in North America.
Under Jim’s leadership, Goodwill has evolved into a social enterprise that includes in its workforce over 1600 persons whose vocational options are limited by disability, criminal history, or low education level. Goodwill also helps unemployed people find jobs and operates a community service employment program for low income senior citizens. In 2004 Goodwill founded the Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, a public charter school focused on helping increase the high school graduation rate in Indianapolis and the percent of graduates who enroll in and complete post-secondary education. In September 2010, Goodwill opened a second high school, The Excel Center, to provide a diploma option for older youth and adults who left school before graduating.
During his career Jim has served on numerous not-for-profit boards at the local, national, and international levels and chaired several of them. Much of his international involvement has been through Goodwill Industries, and for the past nine years he has helped start new Goodwill organizations in South Korea.
At the local level, Jim is a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Energy Group, the Board of Visitors of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business – Indianapolis, and the Board of Governors of the Economic Club of Indiana.
Jim has received numerous awards, including the Kenneth K. King Outstanding Management Award from Goodwill Industries International. In December 2000 he was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year by The NonProfit Times, a national business publication for nonprofit management; in 2009 he was inducted into the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame; and in 2011 he received the Distinguished Entrepreneur Award from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Christian Theological Seminary.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.