Mr. Mayor

Jim delights in bringing people together and creating positive energy. If you search online, you can find another photo of Jim, taken at the Metrodome Rollerdome, proudly displaying his blazing yellow Starburst Man t-shirt. He has been unofficially dubbed “Mayor of the Dome” in recognition of his untiring efforts to keep the rollerdome open at a new Vikings stadium. As for Starburst Man, wherever he goes, he shows up with a seemingly endless supply of the treats he loves to share, so one of his skating friends presented him with the t-shirt.

 A talented Human Resources executive, Jim brings a strategic mindset to his work with organizations. He has established the HR function for start-ups and led HR for large companies, always raising the organization’s effectiveness. In 2005, the Society for Human Resource Management recognized Jim as one of the top One Hundred Senior HR Leaders for the North Central Region.

 Jim is a savvy leader who is grounded by empathy and humility. He gains the respect of executives and employees for HR by keeping its strategies and programs focused on the goals of the business, and achieving cost savings not by cutting staff but through smart vendor negotiations. As benefits costs continue to escalate, Jim has succeeded in delivering significant savings; in his most recent position he renegotiated a proposed 16% increase to a 2% decrease.

While he continues to seek employment and consulting opportunities, Jim brings his considerable energy to serving the community. In addition to his dome “mayorship”, he devotes his time to Feed My Starving Children, his local food shelf, and numerous additional philanthropic and professional organizations. He is a member of an official advisory committee for his U.S. Congressman, the Staff Parish Relations Committee of his church, and the Human Relations Committee of his Church Conference.

A member of the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development Advisory Council, he was presented with their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010. He has served on a number of professional Boards, including the Undergraduate Mentor Advisory Board of the Carlson School of Management and the Executive Board of the Twin City Area Labor Management Council.

Jim has helped many, many people succeed in their job searches, devoting countless unpaid hours to facilitating workshops for the state’s WorkForce Centers and privately coaching individuals to improve their search strategies. He has created more than twenty training and motivational documents to share with job seekers, covering topics from interview strategies to networking tips, resource lists, and self-assessment tools.

It really is hard to imagine what other credentials and accomplishments this delightful man could bring to the table. His commitment to quality of life, public service, and individual development seems to know no bounds. Jim’s active search for full-time employment is entering its third year.

Next, look for Errol heading off to boot camp.

3 thoughts on “Mr. Mayor

  1. What an amazing story and accomplished career Jim has had. It is also clear that he has a strong track record of giving back to his community and state. Thanks for sharing this story. It would be an honor to work with Jim in an organization. Who knows, maybe I will get the opportunity.

    Steve Lewis

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