Jim was named chairman of the Board of Directors in January 2003 and chief executive officer in May 2001. He served as president from May 2001 to December 2005 and from November 2006 to October 2008.
Jim was named senior vice president, Consumer Gardens Group, in 1995, the year Scotts merged with Stern’s Miracle-Gro Products, Inc. At Miracle-Gro, Jim had served as executive vice president and was a major architect of Miracle-Gro’s success both in the U.S. and in the UK. He was instrumental in the effective integration of the two businesses and served as head of the Company’s North America business.
He is a graduate of The Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and holds a degree in aeronautical science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, where he is a member of the Board of Trustees.
Jim is member of the board of trustees at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. In addition, he is associate trustee of the North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y.; chairman of the board for the Farms for City Kids Foundation, Inc. in Reading, Vt.; board member for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation; and trustee at the Intrepid Foundation. Jim also served as co-chairman of the National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C.
Jim served in the United States Air Force for seven years, where he was a captain and an accomplished F-16 fighter pilot.
Jim continues to be passionate about flying, spending time with his new grandson, and he is rarely seen without one of his beloved German Shepherds, Max and Scout, in the office or in the air.