Jim was born and raised in Southern Illinois and attended Murray State University where he obtained a B.S. degree in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in 1997 and an OSH M.S. in 2019. Jim is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and has 20+ years of professional experience within the field of Environmental, Safety & Health (EHS). He began his career with 3M Company in Nevada, MO as a Safety Engineer before transferring to Detroit, MI in 2002 where he worked as the EHS Supervisor. Jim has also worked at Cabot Corporation and Evergreen Solar both located in Midland as the EHS Manager at each respective location. When Evergreen Solar ceased operations in 2011 he went to work for Koch Industries as a Safety & Health Leader in their Fort Dodge, IA location and as a Regional Safety & Health Manager for their Georgia Pacific Division based out of Atlanta, GA. Jim was finally able to return home to Midland in 2013 when he began his role with CBRE first as the Global Safety Director for the Dow Chemical account and most recently as the CBRE America’s HSE Program Development & Operational Excellence Director. He currently is the Global Process Safety Competency Leader at Axalta Coatings Systems.