Jim was born in a suburb on the south side of Chicago. His Dad was an electrical engineer for Motorola. His Mother was raised in Charleston, South Carolina. And in 1970, she returned south, this time to Atlanta, taking Jim, age seven, with her.
He attended Chamblee High School, the second oldest high school in DeKalb County. During Jim’s senior year he studied architectural drafting, wood technology and industrial arts. Soon after graduating, he began working in residential construction – creating soffits and cornice work for million-dollar homes across Atlanta.
After a few years, Jim moved into crane and steel structural work in steel mills and manufacturing plants. He rose to Senior Technician and an OSHA inspector. Jim was also responsible for steel development and analyzing structures to insure the cranes were rated correctly. Some of the projects he worked on in his early thirties were The Peachtree 999 building and the Carter Center – this one he did while working for Tri-State Glass. By age 34, Jim was the Operations Manager for Crane American Services, a nationwide crane company, where he worked for five years.
Jim expanded his work experience when he began commercial renovation construction of strip centers, malls, and stand-alone buildings. For the last two decades he was manager and project manager with JAS Resources building hospitals, custom clubhouses for apartment complexes, churches, and developing land around existing buildings. He worked on the Bishop 500 Street building and more projects too numerous to name.
While working for JAS, Jim came to know Steve LaFlamme, owner of LE Electric. Steve has worked often with Chandlee and Sons Construction – he told Jim we are always looking for project managers who possess honed experience and excellent construction skills and knowledge. Jim interviewed with Seth Chandlee, CEO of Chandlee Holdings, and Todd McDougald, CFO of Chandlee Holdings. Seth and Todd made him an offer he could not refuse, buying out an existing business partnership.
Jim enjoys riding his Harley Davidson Electric Glide with its 110,000-mile yet still-showroom look when he is off-duty. He is much more into participating in sports than watching them. Jim enjoys the competitive edge of football, wrestling, soccer, baseball, softball and frisbee. In former years he pushed the envelope with off-shore power boating. Jim has a daughter, age twenty-three, who lives in Buford with her mother and is attending college to study sports medicine. He currently lives inside I-285 in Decatur.