Jim had reported anecdotal
information to the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank for four years because of
his extensive network of people and businesses. His area of responsibility
was to report on manufacturing, employment, and general economic conditions
for the entire Southern Wisconsin region.*
Jim had been nominated to
report anecdotal information to the Federal Reserve Bank in Washington D.C.
He is also a member of the
Center For Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C. (for
on the Governor's council for manufacturing, and worked with the Governor's
office and the Department of Commerce to encourage the development of tax
credits for Research and Development in Wisconsin.
He spent three years at the
Medical College of Wisconsin on a board for patient safety in clinical research
working on levels of risk, conflict of interest concerns, and looking at uniform
bioethics testing for researchers and is certified by the National Institutes of
Jim is also currently a member of The
Chicago Council On Global Affairs, a former member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and of the Midwest US/China Association in Chicago.
He serves as President of an
international organization called "The Group, Inc."
Jim traveled in China
during January 2003, representing himself and indirectly the State of Wisconsin.
He continues to maintain contact with his friends in China to form a better
understanding of global markets and cooperation between China and American
businesses to help develop a win-win situation for all involved. He returned to
China in January 2006 to help encourage the development of a school in
Nanchang, was guest speaker at Beijing Institute of Technology, and developed new
connections in education and manufacturing. He returned to China
for the month of September 2007, the month of April 2008, April
and May 2009, September/October 2010, and again September/October 2011.
2006 Jim returned from Turkey where he is developing business
relationships and gave several talks to business, engineering, and
trips to Turkey in March and July 2007, and Stuttgart Germany July 2007.
Formerly chairman of the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce
Jim was co-chair of the board for the student science and engineering fair,
focusing on encouraging studies in math, science, physics, bioscience,
computers, etc., at Wisconsin Career Academy, a charter high school.
He gives talks about the realignment of global
manufacturing markets, innovation, creativity, the importance of education,
math, science, engineering, and communication, as we compete in the global arena
In addition up to the summer of 2011, Jim ran a screen
printing business, working with identification applications on alarms and
controls for nursing homes and hospitals, as well as other painted metal items.
(Screen Specialists, Ltd.)
Jim reported to the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank about his
observations, based anecdotal information received from a combination of many
people and organizations. He does not represent or speak on behalf of, nor is he
employed by the Bank and is not involved in the research department in the
preparation of the "Beige Book". Jim's information was used by the research
department internally, where it was used in the preparation of the "Beige
Book" and for other purposes.