With nearly 200,000 men and women transitioning out of the military each year, employers have a rich source of talent to tap that can greatly aid their organizations.
Michael R. Scotch
Jim Finch hails from East Hampton, New York and spent the vast majority of his adult life serving in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from active duty in 2002 after serving more than 28 years. His final assignment was at the Pentagon as the 13th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force--the highest enlisted level of leadership. As such, he provided direction for nearly 450,000 members of the Air Force enlisted corps and represented their interests, as appropriate, to the American public and to those in all levels of government. He was the personal advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force Chief of Staff regarding the welfare, readiness, proper utilization, and training of the enlisted force. Prior to this tour, he served as the Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Combat Command. In 2000, he affectionately became known as the "voice" of the Air Force when he narrated nationally televised Air Force recruiting commercials.
Jim's military background was in missile maintenance and professional military education. He served in operational, maintenance, and support units at multiple organizational levels and held senior enlisted leadership positions for the final third of his military career. He was a distinguished graduate at the Tactical Air Command Noncommissioned Officer Academy and the Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy. He received Associate of Applied Science Degrees in both electronics and instructor of technology from Air University, and he is a Troy University alumnus. His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal and Legion of Merit.
After transitioning from active duty, Jim served as a Housing Privatization Study Project Manager for Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group, Inc. He was the team leader for a comprehensive study comparing various housing options within the Department of Defense. He also remained heavily involved with non-profit organizations performing duties as the Co-chairman of the Air Force Retiree Council, a National Director for the Air Force Association, and as a member of the board of directors for both the Airmen Memorial Foundation and Air Force Enlisted Village (aka “Enlisted Widows Home”). He also served on both the Defense Commissary Agency Patron Council and the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Retiree Council.
Jim and his wife, Pat, reside in Mico, Texas. Currently, he is both the President of Jim Finch Inc. and a managing director of Pinnacle Five, LLC, a consulting company focused on providing advisory services to businesses and organizations typically associated with Veteran issues and/or the Department of Defense. Recent consulting areas include resource management, education, revolutionary textiles, professional development, training and simulation, information technology, military/veteran transition programs, and the recent “Veterans Economic Communities Initiative.”
Jim is currently a “Leadership Development Coach” for NewDay USA, a senior advisor to the American Security Council Foundation, and a member of Mission Readiness: Military Leaders for Kids. He travels worldwide for the Air Force as a motivational speaker and mentor.