Chairman & CEO
In 1999, Jim set a goal of creating a regional powerhouse in IT consulting. To achieve this vision, he took a different approach. He believed then, as he does today, that IT services firms were becoming too niche focused. They were no longer able to tackle the most vexing issues in IT – those that cross many if not all technical boundaries.
Data center migrations, information security, collaboration, and web services are all examples of key IT developments that impact the network, systems, databases, and applications across an entire organization. Jim’s vision has been to create deep, niche competencies across a broad base of technical domains. Midwave achieved this through a fanatical focus on teaming and project coordination.
The result? With Jim and his team of experts at the helm, Midwave Corporation has grown into a thriving business.
Jim’s training for this leadership position began with graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley.
Prior to Midwave, Jim’s professional career included sales and senior management positions at several Twin Cities based IT services firms. This path culminated in Jim’s role as President of OPM Information Systems, a business sold to a Fortune 500 company in 1998.
Jim has been honored for his success. He was named one of the Top 100 to Watch by Twin Cities Business Monthly, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Minneapolis, Minnesota TwinWest Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneur of the Year.
Having created a charitable foundation in 1998, Jim and his wife actively serve on its board with his family. In addition, Jim serves on the Board of Trustees of The Blake School.
Outside of work and family, Jim’s favorite pastimes include photography and high performance driving. Jim’s often seen at the sidelines of his children’s sporting events getting close action shots of each player by season’s end.
Jim also manages to get to the racetrack throughout the year. You can him at tracks throughout the central US, including Brainerd International, Road America, Heartland Park, and Mid-Ohio.