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James E. Yates


Jim Yates

Jim joined Columbia Elevator in 2008, bringing over 30 years of finance and operations experience in a manufacturing environment coupled with a strong understanding of cross-functional relationships. He holds an MBA in Business Administration from Southwestern College in Kansas, where he is based at Columbia’s Winfield facility. Jim’s experience includes finance work in the aerospace manufacturing industry, at corporations including the Plessey Company, GEC of Great Britain and the Triumph Group. Acquiring expertise in business management, he advanced his career from accountant to chief accountant, assistant controller to controller, and financial director to chief finance officer. This background provided the opportunity to expand his responsibilities into operations to include manufacturing, quality and environmental and safety compliance.

Since 2008, in his various leadership roles at Columbia, Jim has developed valuable insights into guiding the company toward improved performance and continued growth, which he brings to his position as president.