Jim C.

Name: 
Jim C.
Company title: 
Director, Investor Relations and Financial Services
Years at CTG: 
7 Years
Hometown: 
I grew up in Buffalo, NY. I worked in New York City and lived in New Jersey for 10 years before returning to Buffalo in 2006.
Current City: 
Orchard Park, NY
Favorite Thing to Do Outside of Work: 
Photography and gardening. My wife and I also enjoy traveling; last year we went to Cabo San Lucas and cruised to Alaska to celebrate our 40th anniversary. She also went to Disney World with our youngest son, but I wasn’t invited.
Favorite Song Right Now: 
I listen to the Beatles Channel and classic rock on Sirius XM, so I have do not have a current favorite.

I get up at 6 a.m., grab a cup of coffee and eat a quick half-bowl of cereal, watch 10 minutes of local news, and I’m out the door by 6:40 a.m. I do squeeze in a shower, if anyone is wondering.

I usually start my day by clearing my emails and checking the building’s temperature, which is never suitable for all 100 people at corporate headquarters.

I have a unique job description. I am heavily involved in CTG’s Investor Relations program, I administer our risk insurance program, and I am in charge of the company’s facilities, which include the Knox mansion, our second Buffalo office building (until we sell it), and our leased facilities. To a lesser degree, I assist the Finance department with quarterly external reporting. These responsibilities are very different from one another, so it seems that no two days are the same. There is usually a daily facilities crisis that dominates a good part of the day, such as a boiler breakdown, a parking lot sink hole, or a leaky roof. I manage to write and edit press releases, annual reports, and other external communications in between crises.

I enjoy the diversity of my job responsibilities. I was told once that the Facilities department is the only one that touches everything from the boiler room to the board room, and that is so true. That part of my day allows me to interact with just about everyone at corporate headquarters on a regular basis, and occasionally CTGers in the field. My other responsibilities allow me to think about the company’s big picture.

After work, on a typical evening I read and/or watch sports. I do not have a regular TV program that I watch. My advice to others is never be afraid of change. It forces you outside your comfort zone, allowing you to experience new and different things. You become a more well-rounded person.