Since beginning with the BluSky family in 2019, Jim has been senior vice president of mergers and acquisitions. He is responsible for helping existing business owners decide if the acquisition process is a right strategic move as part of his/her overall succession plan.
Jim began his career in insurance sales and sales training before starting in the restoration business. He has worked in many roles in the restoration industry, including business development, sales management, estimating, and project management. For much of his career, Jim served as president of United Services of St. Louis. In that role, Jim’s focus was operational management, team creation, team building, financial health, and most importantly, company culture.
One of Jim’s favorite accomplishments in his career has been the creation of the Lyle Rakers Charitable Foundation, a non-profit that raises money for ALS research.
Jim received a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Lindenwood University. He is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Andrea, and they are the proud parents of Kate and Will. Jim has coached club volleyball at the junior high and high school levels.