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Technology, Globalization, and Culture - Fall 2016

A series of presentations by leading professionals from business, industry, cultural institutions, and academia who confront the challenges of globalization in both theory and practice, readings and research on global issues.

Jim Waters, October 26, 2016

"Globalization and Culture. Thriving in a Global Environment"
James D. Waters, Jr., retired from Caterpillar on October 1, 2010.
Jim became Vice President of the Caterpillar Production Center of Excellence on December 1, 2005. This division is leading an enterprise transformation of manufacturing systems to help set a “gold standard” for quality, safety, and speed in industry. Jim provided leadership to this enterprise effort, drawing on his strong systems and process skills as well as his product and manufacturing management experience gained in Japan, the UK, and the US.

Jim is Past Chairman of the Engineering College Industrial Advisory Council at Iowa State University and Co-chairman of the Rialto Square Theater Capital Campaign. Jim has been a long time supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and is currently serving as a member of the Community Advisory Panel for the Central Illinois Walk to Cure Diabetes.

In his retirement, Jim continues to work with Iowa State and the Rialto theater in Joliet. In addition, he is Vice Chairman of an oil and gas equipment manufacturing company named Basin Tools. Finally, he started a small consulting firm, Monarch Consulting LLC.