Jim is the Founder and President of Smith Dawson & Andrews and serves as the firm’s chief strategist. He oversees a diverse range of clients, with particular emphasis on business development, government procurement, health care, technology, international trade and transportation. Before co-founding SDA in 1981, Jim served in government and public affairs positions at the White House and in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Commerce and with the State of Illinois.
Involved in many key legislative battles on Capitol Hill, Jim has been active in every major transportation and trade debate in Congress over the last 35 years. His knowledge of federal agency and congressional policy and practice, along with his long-term, bipartisan relationships with key decision makers, make Jim an effective advocate for client interests.
A native of Illinois, Jim served as Director and Officer of Home Star Financial Group and Home Star Bank, an independent privately held community bank serving Kankakee and Will Counties and a partner in Smith Development Corporation, which among other things, redeveloped the former State of Illinois Manteno Hospital into a multi-business commercial center, Illinois Diversatech Campus.
Jim has held a number of positions in various civic, religious and nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. area including Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Gonzaga College High School, President of the Board of Directors of the Barker Foundation and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the De Sales School of Theology.
Jim is a graduate of Colorado State University.