James serves as the Director of Operations for the Dawsonville Georgia manufacturing facility at BTD, a contract metal fabricator and a subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for all production and warehouse operations at the BTD-Georgia facility.
James has been with BTD for 27 years. During his tenure with the organization, he has had a variety of roles, including: Setup Operator, Shift Lead, Fabrication Supervisor, Weld Supervisor, Master Planner, Rhino Pallet Manager, Plant Manager, Planning and Lean Manager, Vice President of Continuous Improvement and Planning, and Vice President of Operations. He has spent the majority of his time at the Detroit Lakes, MN facilities, however spent several years working with the Lakeville facility and a year and half at the Washington, IL plant.
James has extensive training in Lean, 5S and leadership development from organizations like Lean Mastery, Dale Carnegie, Toastmasters, and TWI. James also is a Certified Welder through ASME.
James likes to spend time with his wife, three daughters, grandson and two dogs. James jokes that his wife’s favorite hobby is to get home improvement ideas from DIY Network and Pinterest, so he has been able to spend lots of time doing his favorite hobbies: carpentry and landscaping. James is an avid fisher and hunter. He likes to ice fish for pike on Lake of the Woods and catch walleye on Devils Lake in the summer. He also enjoys walking down pheasant in South Dakota, bow hunting white tails in Minnesota or Georgia, mule deer in the badlands of North Dakota and elk in the mountains of Idaho and Montana. James gives back to the communities he lives in. He is an event planner/executer for the Boys and Girls Club to raise money for the club, chaired a committee to raise $6 million dollars to build a new Club and has been a volunteer emcee at fundraisers for the Fire Department, Soccer Club, and Polar Fest. He is currently involved with Georgia’s LCC and supporting local needs in Dawsonville. James and his wife live in Dawsonville, GA.