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PRI (Pacific Resources, Inc.)

Jim started as an engineering co-op at Caterpillar in 1974. Building from his start at Caterpillar, Jim attended Iowa State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1978. After graduation, Jim continued his career at the Caterpillar Tech Center in Peoria, Illinois. Through data acquisition and post analysis, Jim developed software and hardware systems to control field testing of Cat Machines.

After 14 years with Caterpillar, Jim and his family made a career transition to China. For 6 years, Jim worked for Pacific Resources, Inc. (PRI) and Management Technologies International (MTI). In the early 1990’s, Jim managed the Qingdao Rep Office. 

In 1996, Jim led a technology transfer project and became the GM for Central Plastics Co.’s WOFE in Tianjin (CPTJ). In 2008, Central Plastics Co. (USA) was acquired by Georg-Fischer (GF), a Swiss MNC. Jim managed the M&A transition and DD of the CPTJ enterprise. In 2010, Jim carried out an MBO of the anti-corrosion unit of GF-Central Plastics Co. and renamed it Central Products (Tianjin) Co., Ltd.  

Currently, Jim serves as Chairman of Central Products (Tianjin) Co. Ltd. He provides technical support on R&D of new products and solutions, and directs the international business development.

With over 25 years in China, living and working in manufacturing roles in 2nd and 3rd Tier cities, Jim is fluent in Chinese and comfortable navigating the culture. He and his wife, Sharon, have raised their four children in China and are aware of the needs and interests of Expats living and doing business in these 2nd and 3rd Tier cities.