Jim was raised in Shelbyville, Illinois and attended college in Idaho and Utah. He spent five years in the Seattle area working for Boeing Commercial Airplane Group before moving back to Illinois to continue the family business.
Jim worked alongside his father, Jay, for over 25 years in the operation of Allred’s Floor Service Company, which is currently in its fourth generation of business. Jim now works along with his son working on all kinds of floors, specializing in sanding and refinishing hardwood floors, as well as annually cleaning and finishing approximately 65 gym floors each summer.
Jim also followed in his Grandpa’s, Dad’s, and Uncle’s footsteps working for the Hillyard Chemical Company selling janitorial supplies and equipment for 15 years.
Jim and his wife of 32 years live in Effingham, IL, and have four children and six grandchildren.