Faces of Evotherm: Jim Lynch

Jun 29, 2016

FacesOfEVOJim LynchThe one-and-only Mr. Jim Lynch is the latest “Faces of Evotherm” feature. Jim is Evotherm Technical Marketing Manager for what he likes to call the “Middle North Plus” (MT, ND, SD, WY, CO, parts of MN, and the Canadian Provinces of AB, SK, MB). With more than 37 years of management and operations experience in the government, construction and asphalt industries, Jim is a seasoned industry professional with a great sense of humor and a unique perspective on business and life.

Amy Chiconas (AC): “What’s your idea of happiness?”

Jim Lynch (JL): “Being free. Loving life.”

AC: “Your idea of misery?”

JL: “Filling out questionnaires…”

AC: “If not yourself, who would you like to be?”

JL: “I just like being who I am!”

AC: “Name a natural talent you’d like to be gifted with?”

JL: “Singing the National Anthem. And by the way, what would define an unnatural talent?”

AC: “What do you consider the most important aspects of your role at Ingevity?”

JL: “Being a customer advocate. Understanding our business and my customers’ businesses. Being willing to help anyone at a moment’s notice. Being flexible.”

AC: “Tell us about some unforgettable moments in your career.”

JL: “I’ve personally testified in Congress on two highway bills: TEA21 and SAFETEA-LU. TEA21 was at a Senate regional congressional hearing in 1990, and SAFETEA-LU was at a Senate congressional hearing in Washington, D.C., in 2005. I’ve also testified at over 100 Senate and House hearings and committees in the Montana State Legislature between 2005 and 2011.”

AC: “What’s your most memorable experience on a paving project?”

JL: “We had a customer paving the top lift, centerline, on an airport runway. It was below 40 degrees F with a heavy breeze. A live bottom carrying over 30 tons of Evotherm-dosed warm mix snapped an air line while backing into the paver. The trailer was wedged against the under carriage of the paver, making it almost impossible to repair the air line. The contractor transported a large loader to eventually pull the loaded, brake-locked trailer from the paver, while still unloading the load of Evotherm mix into the paver. Two hours later. There was no visible cold joint and we got compaction. Evotherm was my hero that day.”

When not practicing the National Anthem, Jim can be found skiing, boating, and hiking. He lives by the quote: “A lie can never be told the same way twice. But the truth, it never changes.” Jim explains that “my mom, Dorothy Lynch, taught me this when I was 12 years old. The reason? Well, that’s another story for another time…”

Be sure to catch our next “Faces of Evotherm” feature, Brandon Milar.