James entered the petrochemical industry in 1981, as an associate engineer for The BF Goodrich chemical division, following his master’s degree studies at the University of Wisconsin. Since that time he has held positions in engineering, technology, plant management and corporate leadership. In 2005 James left the PolyOne organization (formally BF Goodrich) and accepted the Site Manager position for Dianal America; a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical. James is currently chairman of The East Harris County Manufacturing Association and serves on various boards in the greater Houston area.