Say hello (and congratulations!) to Jim Jaeger. He’s a Project Manager who joined Integrated Building Systems in 1997 and is retiring from full-time work this month.
Fortunately for his IBS colleagues and customers, this technology guru will continue to share his expertise on special projects as a Senior Designer.
“It’s important to me to provide solutions for our customers that meet and exceed their expectations, and are cost effective,” Jim said. “I’ve always operated on this philosophy: If you tell a client you’re going to do something—do it. It’s pretty simple, but it’s true.”
TECHNOLOGY, TORNADOES, AND THAILAND
Jim’s technology career path winds all the way back to his high school AV club.
He launched skyward from there, serving as a TV and Radio Production Specialist with the US Air Force from 1969 to 1973. Jim was stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, the American Forces Radio and Television Service in Thailand, and Lowry Air Force Base in Denver.
Focusing on TV production landed Jim in a history-making role with the QUBE cable TV system. Launched in Columbus, Ohio, in 1977, this truly groundbreaking network introduced viewers to pay-per-view programs, special-interest cable networks, and interactive services.
Jim’s most-memorable technology experience, however, was chasing tornadoes in Mississippi as a news cameraman. Says Jim, “While working at WCBI-TV in Columbus, MS, we were always on call for breaking news. Spring storms meant grabbing the film camera and heading towards the latest tornado sighting.”
WORDS OF ADVICE
To customers, Jim offers this tip: “Look for a technology contractor who’s a member of BICSI, the organization that’s in charge of certifying designers and installers. It means they follow best practices and standards of the industry.”
And to upcoming technology designers, Jim advises: “Never stop learning. Take every opportunity to learn about new and emerging technologies and products.”
Jim practiced what he preaches. He studied at Purdue University and completed his bachelor’s degree in Communications at The Ohio State University. In 2000, he earned the prestigious Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) certification from BICSI. Throughout his career he earned certifications from Allworx, Amp, Bogen, Cambridge, Panasonic, Sony, and many other technology manufacturers.
GET TO KNOW JIM
You’ll learn a lot about Jim from his favorite quote:
This famous quote comes from an essay by Witcraft that was published in the October 1950 edition of Scouting magazine. Like Witcraft, Jim is a Boy Scout leader who has devoted thousands of hours over several decades to teaching, guiding, and inspiring Scouts in Central Ohio.
Jim describes himself as honest, a trait you might expect of a respected Boy Scout leader. Jim’s IBS colleagues recognize his many other admirable qualities, noting that he’s adventurous, curious, sentimental, a problem-solver, a thinker, balanced across all aspects of life, and a beer connoisseur.
Learn a little more about Jim:
Hometown: Born in Gary, Indiana—grew up in Porter County, Indiana
Fabulous family: wife, Dr. Carol Jaeger, RNC, DNP; son Zach, graphic designer, Manhattan, NY, and daughter Erin, PICU nurse, Ithaca, NY
First job: On a farm—bailing hay, pulling weeds, splitting firewood—where he had a pet beagle
Community connections: American Legion, Boy Scouts, Fellowship Lutheran Church, March of Dimes
Best book: “Burnham: King of Scouts,” by Peter Van Wyk
Favorite flick: “Animal House”
Feed me: Chile Verde Cafe
Best weekend: Relaxing on the patio with a book, music, and a beer. And in the fall, an OSU football game.
“Yes, I did it!”: I went skydiving. Once.
Top travel destination: Western Ireland
Hobbies: Geocaching, hiking
“I can’t live without”: Chocolate. And beer. And Mexican food. But mostly chocolate.
CONNECT WITH JIM
Send Jim a note of congratulations at Integrated Building Systems, 950 Michigan Avenue, Columbus OH 43215.