Director of Operations
Jim and VEA go way back as Jim worked with cofounder Clint Macklin for a web development firm in Denver back in 2012. Jim and Clint butted heads immediately on their first project, which is probably good because they got that out of the and have been best buds ever since. Born in Balém, Brazil, Jim new from the age of five that he would be a designer some day. He was deeply fascinated with animation and spent a lot of his free time drawing comics and caricatures of friends throughout his school age years. Jim got his first job in a screen printing studio in Kansas City, KS after taking Figure Drawing at the Kansas City Art Institute. Setting type by hand and using a stat camera allowed Jim to experience the end of an era as he quickly adopted one of the first Mac commercial graphics computers where he learned the first version of Adobe Illustrator, ‘88.
There were lots of opportunities that came along over the next several years and Jim tried to take advantage of every one allowing him to work in commercial photography, animation, video editing, expo graphics, audio production, multimedia design and finally web design. On Y2K Jim went to work at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where he was Senior Electronic Designer for 9 years. This was a great opportunity for Jim to apply many of the skills he had developed as he created interactive presentations that explained how renewable energy technologies like wind turbines, solar panels and geothermal heat pumps work. Now that Jim functions in the role of Director of Operations and Project Manager at VEA, Jim has the opportunity to use his background in design and creative services to help identify gaps and opportunities for continuous improvement on all the projects he touches. Kaizen! Jim loves spending his free time hanging out with his lovely wife Anita, hiking, camping and going for motorcycle rides in the mountains. Hidden Talents: Jim has made over 1000 knives, can make a noise like a 1950’s flying saucer and can throw a banana peel 30 feet into a compost bin with an accuracy rate of about 50%.