John James Tours Facility and Speaks with Members
Michigan Senate candidate, John James, combat veteran and businessman took time out of his busy campaign schedule to speak with ABC SEMI members at a recent luncheon. James, who is a pro-business conservative was very interested in the issues that are plaguing the construction industry.
“I want to bring my energetic leadership style to Washington to help solve the challenges our businesses in the trades are facing,” said James. “There has been too much division in our country’s Capitol—I have a passion for service from the battlefield to the boardroom and believe I will represent all Michiganders and help unify Washington. This job is about what we can do for the people, not ourselves. We are your voice and your issues are what matter most—I won’t forget that.”
At 17, John made the decision to serve his country. After graduating from West Point in 2004, he became a Ranger-qualified aviation officer. John went on to serve with distinction in Operation Iraqi Freedom where he earned a Combat Action Badge (CAB) and two Air Medals, among other awards, while logging 753.8 flight hours in theater leading two Apache platoons. He feels his service in the military prepared him for his life in the private sector and those combined make him ideally suited to serve in government.
“After eight years of service to the nation, I was honorably discharged and returned to Michigan to work in the family business,” said James. “As President of James Group International, I led the company from $35 million to $137 million in revenue while creating 100 additional jobs in Michigan and around the country since 2012. I relish a challenge and am inspired to create an environment where individuals and businesses have the ability to reach their full potential.”
In addition to his Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, John has earned a Master of Supply Chain Management and Information Systems from Penn State University and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan. He and his wife Elizabeth reside in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and have two boys, ages 2 and 4.