A person can get a lot done on the job in 30 years. Just ask Hickory’s Vice President of Operations, Jim McMillan. As of July 22, he’s been with the company for three decades, during which time he has experienced a full spectrum of field work, management and leadership duties. Jim came to the company in 1984, fresh off a four-year stint in the U.S. Navy.
Armed with his recent military experience and drawing on his vocational training from high school, Jim started out at Hickory as an apprentice carpenter. From there, he rose through the ranks, first to small-project foreman and then to project manager, with projects that ranged from Hickory’s earliest work at Blackberry Farm to a string of high-end residential and commercial projects.
As Vice President of Operations since 1997, Jim oversees many of the company’s functions, such as project planning, quality control, critical path scheduling, budget tracking, internal systems, company strategy and operational methods. Jim is also charged with company recruiting, hiring, training and team-building and has developed systems and methods that help ensure that Hickory remains staffed with the best talent in the area.
Jim is proud to have a very talented group of people working with him, some of whom have been with the company as long as 25 years. “I am looking forward to seeing what HCI can accomplish in the next 30 years, and I plan to be a part of that,” he says.