John A. James formerly served on our Advisory Council on Agriculture, Small Business and Labor. He is chairman, chief executive officer and founder of James Group International, a group of companies in Detroit, Michigan, which offers international supply chain services such as consolidation, deconsolidation, sub-assembly, inventory management, warehousing, distribution and transportation services. James served in the U.S. Army (1966-1969). He was a commissioned officer in the Corps of Engineers and received a Bronze Star and the equivalents of these awards were issued to him by the Vietnamese Government. He has given back by his involvement on community boards and activities and James and his various companies have received a number of awards over the years. James received a B.S. in sociology from Mississippi Valley State University and studied guidance at the University of Toledo and business administration at Wayne State University.