Jim joined the Check-6 team following more than 35 years of honorable Naval Service. Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, he enlisted in the Navy immediately following high school where he completed training as a Navigation Electronics Technician qualified to serve on board Submarines.
After 12 years of enlisted service, he received a direct commission as an Electronic Maintenance Material Officer due to his demonstrated deck plate expertise in leadership, management, maintenance and team building talents. During the next 24 years, he served as a Commissioned Officer providing his leadership and management talents on board Surface Combatants, Submarines, and Aviation Squadrons during some of the most challenging national combat support requirements.
He brings a vastly diverse bottom up management background due to his many varied and demonstrated military community experience. During his career he made deployments on board 4 Submarines, 2 Surface War Ships and served in leadership positions at numerous Maintenance, Research and Training Squadrons and Facilities.
The culmination of his career was as the Executive Officer of the 3rd largest Naval Installation in the world with a population of over 30,000 people at 65 tenant commands and more than 1800 facilities. Major tenants included the aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis, one of only two Strategic Nuclear Weapons Facility and most notably, the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard which is the only location with the ability to conduct dry-docking and nuclear maintenance in the Eastern Pacific. His detailed and proactive management of the day-to-day requirements of these strategically critical organizations ensured their ability to meet national requirements in an extremely challenging budget and schedule environment.
He has been recognized by the highest levels of government for his personal valor and leadership acumen with numerous awards as a result of the great successes of the men and women that he had the honor to command.
He and his wife Chris reside in Silverdale, Washington with their son Steven and two terrier dogs Ace and Ollie.