Jim Fitch is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana Tech, and graduated from LSU with a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation, he worked as a refinery engineer for two years and then went to Naval Officer Candidate School and served three years in the Civil Engineer Corps in the Philippines. After the Navy, he earned his master’s in business administration from Stanford University. His career included management positions in the paper industry, process control, automatic test equipment for electronic manufacturing, and home building. A member since 2017, Jim serves on the Finance Committee.