Born in Kokomo, IN in 1933, Jimmy James first entered the electrical industry in 1952 working for the Public Service Company of Indiana. Jimmy joined the Navy in 1955 and later served as a lineman for the Air Force from 1957-1961. His career as an active lineman lasted more than 20 years, in which time he weathered storms, tornadoes, and the ice breaks in the early 1960’s. Jimmy’s career as a trainer began in 1978 with Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA), and continues today with Safety Training Services. He takes great pride in his work, and loves his industry, something that comes across to his students, who praise his commitment to the industry and his love of the job. Even now, in his late 70’s, Jimmy continues to travel in a number of states to conduct training and safety programs for individual utilities.