Jim has been at Pella Corporation for 20 years and in his current role as Director of IT Operations for the past 17. Jim joined Pella in 1998 as a Sr. Business Systems Manager with responsibility for managing all internal applications. This included manufacturing systems, finance, human resources and many other small systems. In 2001 Jim began his current responsibility as Director of IT Operations. Currently, he is responsible for Infrastructure, IT Operations and Information security. This includes networks (voice, data & video), Microsoft Infrastructure (pc’s, servers, Exchange, SMS, etc.), Unix, Storage, data centers, asset management, IT service management and security. Over the past 17 years, Jim’s team has worked with key partners such as HP, Microsoft, Cisco and Oracle on new and evolving technologies. The team has a long track record of successfully implementing new technologies, bringing value to Pella’s business and doing so without unnecessary risk to the organization. Prior to joining Pella Jim worked for Praxair Surface Technologies. Praxair Surface Technologies, a division of Praxair, has approximately 40 locations around the world. Jim held various positions throughout his 11 years at Praxair. Jim started as a Systems Engineer supporting networks and servers, moved into a technical management role and eventually became the Worldwide IT Director for the division. Jim’s career at Praxair provided a solid background in international business and acquisition integration. Jim has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Evansville and an MBA from Indiana University.