Jim has been involved in agriculture and energy his whole life and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Holly Energy Partners. During the first ten years of his career he worked for Southern Union Co., Southern Union Gas Company and the balance of that tenure for Southern Union Refining Company living in Lovington, New Mexico. Jim left Southern Union Refining in 1984 as Manager of Transportation and went to work for Navajo Refining Company, a Holly Corporation subsidiary, in Artesia.
With Navajo Refining Company Jim worked his way up through the transportation department and later in the pipeline group. Over several years Jim led the Navajo Pipeline Company operating facilities in New Mexico and Texas and had the opportunity to work with many farmers and ranchers with right of ways and operating facilities.
In July of 2004 Holly Corporation began a successful IPO in starting Holly Energy Partners at $250 million dollars. Jim and Paula were on the platform at the New York Stock Exchange to ring the opening bell. From that beginning until 2007 Jim was part of the management team that grew Holly Energy Partners to a $1 Billion dollar company operating in seven states and employing over 100 people with most being employed in Eddy County. He served as Vice President of Operations for Holly Energy Partners and served as an executive member of the Company.
In 2007 Jim was promoted to Senior Vice President of UNEV Pipeline Company, a new subsidiary company, reporting to the Chairman of the Board of Holly Corporation. This new venture was a partnership between Holly and Sinclair and Jim was tasked to develop, design, permit and construct a new 425 mile refined product pipeline system between Salt Lake City, Utah and Las Vegas, Nevada. Four years later under Jim’s leadership the project was successful in obtaining the permits to construct the pipeline and its related facilities and the system was commissioned in 2011 at a cost of nearly $450 million dollars. With this project complete Jim chose to retire but continue to serve on the Board of Directors of Holly Energy Partners.
Throughout his career with Navajo Refining and Holly Energy Partners Jim played an active role on state and federal levels representing the companies on various issues. Jim has worked with many State Representatives, State Senators, Bureau of Land Management, and State Land Office in New Mexico. On the Federal level Jim has worked with the US Fish and Wildlife Department on the Threatened and Endangered Species Rules, Congressman Pearce, Congressman Teague, and Senator Udall and Senator Bingaman’s offices. In Utah Jim worked extensively with Senator Bennett and Senator Hatch’s offices.