Jim Mertes

Leadership Consultant, Positive Management Leadership, Inc.

JMertes-thumbJim Mertes is a Leadership Consultant for Positive Management Leadership, Inc.

Prior to joining Positive Management Leadership, Inc., Jim served as the Vice President of Labor Relations at Domtar, where he oversaw and directed all negotiations in the United States and Canada for all of the manufacturing and distribution facilities.

Previous to Domtar, Jim was the Manager of Industrial Relations at Dresser Industries, LeRoi Compressor Division. Jim also worked as the Regional Human Resources Director for Weyerhaeuser and Willamette, where he was responsible for overseeing all human resources function in multiple manufacturing operations throughout the United States. He also served as a Personnel Manager for Owens-Illinois, Forest Products Division.

Over a successful 39 year career, Jim was the company advocate in over 150 arbitration cases, helping them to win approximately 86% of those cases as well as the chief company spokesperson in approximately 100 negotiations. Jim also served as the point person for 10 successful certification campaigns and several successful decertification campaigns.

Jim once served on the Board of Directors for his local Red Cross, the Sidney/Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Pulp and Papers Manufacturing Association in Wisconsin. He was also the Chairman for the industrial relations committee of the American Forest and Paper Association.

Jim graduated from Toledo University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and earned his Masters of Business Administration from Ohio University. Jim is a Certified Development Dimensions International (DDI) Instructor, who trained over 1000 supervisors and managers throughout his career.

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