Jim, Abby, Lilian, Emerson & Easton
March 15, 1983 was a day I’ll (Bob) never forget. 23 inches long and 9 lbs. 5 oz. was the birth weight of my new son, Jim; a tall lean baby boy with a strong set of lungs. Jim was born with a
strong will as well. Sally and I didn’t know what to do with him as a baby because he was so demanding. He would wake up in the middle of the night and cry and of course someone (usually Sally) would
get up with him and all he wanted was attention. After awhile of playing this game we spoke to our pediatrician about Jim’s crying at night. He reassured us that as parents we just needed to let
him cry 20 minutes and he would get tired and go to sleep and realize he could not get his way. Well, it didn’t quite work out that way. The next night he cried and we waited, 20 minutes, 30 minutes,
45 minutes and then we had enough of the screaming. Back to getting him up, just to shut him up.
Today, Jim’s will is much milder than his early days; thank goodness! Jim always has enjoyed activities that were exciting and dangerous. Besides the normal things like baseball and basketball, Jim liked to shoot guns, hunt, fishing, bungee swinging, wake boarding, riding a “crotch-rocket” and basically anything that he could kill himself or someone else while doing. We keep the prayers going.
Jim graduated from Brookfield Central High School in 2001 and from UW-Milwaukee in 2006. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Operations and Production Management. Today, Jim works at our family business, Trico Corporation and is the fourth generation to work in the business which began in 1917. Jim has worked his way to now be Trico's president.
Jim married Abby Koch in September 2013 and she is bleesing to our family. Jim and Abby had their first child, Lilian, in September 2015. Then in April, 2019, Abby gave birth to identical twins, Emerson & Easton.
Jim spends his time learning operations and is involved in production scheduling, process improvement and material procurement. It is a great joy for me as a father to hear his passion for process and operational improvement as well as a desire to see Trico be a growing company and his enthusiasm to be a part of that process.
Lastly, what many people don’t know about Jim is his heart towards people. When you have time to really get to know him down deep you will find a tender heart and a wonderful compassionate spirit. Those of us in the family love this piece of Jim. He also is a wonderful uncle and loves to play with our grandkids. There is no doubt that Jim will be a loving husband and father someday.