In line with our goal of highlighting heritage, people and progress through our corporate history writing services, we’ve designed iFD People as a series of quick-read, Q&A-style blog posts periodically introducing foodservice distribution leaders, sales stars and others who have made or are making history in the industry. We’re bypassing the usual work-related questions, however. Instead, we’re offering insights into what makes iFD People tick. Who are their role models? What books are they reading? How would they describe themselves in one word? Here is our second profile.
Jim has been in Hawaii since 2012, following a long career in foodservice distribution stateside. Many people will remember him from his position as VP of sales for Performance Food Group but he has also had a number of roles with both specialty and broadline companies.
He is currently in an active role with Y. Hata & Company, in Honolulu, working with the team of department directors, division managers and senior leadership on implementing business strategy and protocols and developing people for the future success of the company. He had been a consultant to the company since 2004.
Jim says, “I also represent the company in several organizations focused on culinary education and food security for the State of Hawaii, a very important part of the values of the company.”
His expertise is primarily in business strategy, people development and organizational structure, as well as personal profiling, acquisition integration and executive coaching.
What are you most proud of in your career?
JC: The people I have helped develop.
When you think of icons in the industry, who comes to mind first?
JC: Sam Balin
Who are your role models?
JC: Sam Balin, Isadore Feldman, Paul Gordon
What books or other reading matter are on your bedside table right now?
JC: “Out of Line” by Barbara Lynch
If you could time travel to another point in history, when would it be?
If you could come back as a particular person or thing, who/what would that be?
JC: A younger me
What three people, living or dead, would you like to have dinner with?
JC: Paul Prudhomme, Ella Brennan, Nelson Mandela
How would you describe yourself in one word?
What’s one dramatic change that you predict we’ll see in within the next 10 years?
JC: Self-driving cars will become mainstream.