About JMI

Our History

James Marine, Inc. was founded by C. Ronald James in 1986. The family-owned company began with twenty-five employees and has a proud history of extraordinary service and growth to the inland waterways. With over 1,300 employees in the JMI family of companies, we have 12 locations across Kentucky and Louisiana. We proudly promote a diverse workforce with an inclusive culture that encourages creativity and a positive team environment.

Our Team

C. Ronald James – Chairman of the Board
Jeff James – President, CEO
Brandon Buchanan – Chief Financial Officer
Eric Crabtree – Chief Operations Officer
Barry Gipson – Executive Vice President of Sales & Business Development

Joe Brantley – Vice President of Sales & Business Development
Tom Rogers – Vice President of Gulf Coast Operations
Eric Haney – Vice President of James Built & Paducah River Painting
Tom Freeman – Vice President of Safety & Environmental Services
Sarah McGee – General Counsel
Hope Doughty – Human Resources

Our vision

JMI strives to be the premiere full-service inland repair and transportation company in the industry, exceeding customer expectation in production and turnaround time. Our success comes from a team of professionals dedicated to upholding the highest standards in safety, innovation, and development.