Who am I?
Currently, Jim Roach owns a technology and training consulting company in Cape Coral, FL and has held contracts with the U.S. Navy, British Navy, FedEx, and others. His reputation has been built on solving large, expensive problems with technical and organizational roots
Jim Roach served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter door gunner during the Viet Nam war and was awarded the Army Bronze Star.
Jim Roach obtained an associates degree in Electronic Engineering Technology in 1983 from Midlands Technical College in Columbia South Carolina, receiving the physics departments Student of the Year award.
Jim Roach worked in the Nuclear Power industry for two years as an auxiliary Reactor Operator at the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant in North Carolina.
Jim Roach started his career with General Motors as an automotive instructor teaching in GMs Tech Center in Warren, Michigan. He then worked in the service research group as a Senior Research Engineer where he initiated a collaborative project between General Motors, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the U.S. military to develop new approaches to fixing the complex automotive and military systems. He was one of the keynote speakers at the Pentagons ADL (Advanced Distributed Learning) initiative in 1998, attracting the attention of both presidents of Microsoft Corp., Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer requesting demonstrations of his projects on stage with them.
In 1998 Mr. Roach moved to SW Florida as Vice President of a technology corporation in Sarasota, FL... Jim Roach was the keynote speaker, on behalf of the U.S. Navy at the British Navy Maintenance Conference in the U.K.
At age 50 Jim Roach had preventative heart surgery (no damage) without health insurance and learned the hard way about being denied for pre-existing conditions.
Jim Roach is married to Theresa, a kindergarten teacher in Lee County for 27 years, artist and song writer. They enjoy kayaking and attend Faith Presbyterian Church.
Jim Roach is a veterans advocate and regularly speaks to groups about veterans issues. He also plays an active role in his community. He is a director of his local chamber of commerce, V.P. of the Matlacha Mariners community service organization and a member of Kiwanis.
Jim Roach has a daughter and 2 grandchildren; Theresa has a son and 3 grandchildren.
Jim Roach is 60 years old and in excellent health.
Why am I running?
I have a passion for making our country a better place for the citizens I fought for. I care about all of the People of South West Florida, not just one party. I reach out to everyone from our own Democrats to Libertarians and the far right. I meet them with Dialog, not Rhetoric. I have been welcomed by all groups because of my depth of Knowledge on the issues and willingness to engage in dialog. I love being able to reach voters with facts and make them understand that much of what they hear in the media is spun so far that the truth is lost. I enjoy the hard work and long hours of serving my fellow citizens.
My top goal is JOBS! I have worked with colleges and corporations in the past to build a link from school to work. I understand how to bring jobs back to the USA and protect them from illegal trade practices of other nations.
My second goal it to get our government back in the hands of the citizens. We must have campaign finance reform to limit the power of corporations and lobbyists. We must overturn Citizens United. I know that when the money is removed from politics, much of the gridlock in congress will also be removed.
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