Chairman of the Board, Bush Brothers & Company
Jim Ethier is a third generation member of the Bush family. "BUSH'S BEST" is the nation's leading brand of bean products. Founded in 1908 by Andrew Jackson Bush, the company is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee and has production locations in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee and Augusta, Wisconsin.
Jim is Chairman of the Board of Bush Brothers & Company after having served as Chairman & CEO from 2003 to 2009, and President and COO from 1992 to 2003. Prior to that Jim served as CFO. He has been with the company for 42 years.
Jim has served the food industry as a Board member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Board member and Chairman of the Food Products Association. He received the Guard Society Honorary Life Member Award for 2000 which recognizes individuals for their years of service and their contribution to the food industry. In 2005 he received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Food Products Association.
Jim currently serves on the board of the American Family Business Institute. He also serves as Board member for a number of businesses, educational and non-profit organizations.
Jim received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
Jim and his wife, Melinda, live in Knoxville. He has three daughters, one son, and one grandson. In addition to civic activities, Jim enjoys golf and travel.