CEO & Chairman of the Board
Jim was named chairman of the Board of Directors in January 2003 and chief executive officer in May 2001. He has been serving as president since November 2006, a position he also held from May 2001 until December 2005.
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. Following the merger, he was instrumental in the effective integration of the two businesses and served as head of the Company’s North America business.
Jim 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 co-chairman of the National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., an associate trustee of the North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. and Chairman of the Board for the Farms for City Kids Foundation, Inc. in Reading, Vt. He is also a board member for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation, serves on Intrepid Foundation Board of Trustees, is a member of the Council on Competitiveness Executive Committee and is on the Board of Directors for the Nurse-Family Partnership in Denver, Colo.
Additionally, he served in the United States Air Force for seven years, where he was a captain and an accomplished F-16 fighter pilot.