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Jim Adams

Jim Adams , 39
President
GAR-BRO Manufacturing Co.
Heber Springs
A chance meeting at a college fraternity function led to an unexpected career in Arkansas for native New Yorker Jim Adams.
 
Adams was at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and met an alumnus who happened to have been the roommate decades before of Roland Garlinghouse, the owner of GAR-BRO Manufacturing in Heber Springs. The alumnus told Adams GAR-BRO was looking for an engineer, so Adams flew down to Arkansas to check out the company and its people.
 
He was sold and signed on.
 
“One thing led to another and 17 years later, give or take, here I am still,” Adams said. “The company sealed the deal — a family company and the values of how everyone is treated as an employee. This looks like it has the potential to not only be a job after college but a career.”
 
Adams spent his first couple of months on the floor, learning the ins and outs of the job and proving his work ethic. In short order he was promoted to the executive level and is now president and a minority owner of the company.

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