2008 10 Under 40 Awards
Store manager | Glass Doctor of Bozeman | Montana
One word description of self: Optimistic
One word description of the auto glass industry: Opportunity
Favorite Web site: Facebook
Lesson learned the hard way: Sales
Jim Evans has a degree in education, experience as a college decathlete and currently coaches track and field at Bozeman High School in Montana.
At 26, he brings a youthful attitude, and lessons learned from school and sports to the auto glass industry.
"I look at auto glass through a new set of lenses," Evans says. "I want to bring youth into an industry that needs a lift. I find quality people, and I'm hoping to lead the way to get young people inspired about the ride and challenges in auto glass. They need something to stimulate and excite them."
Evans says he hasn't had to put up a "help wanted" sign once. He finds and recruits his employees.
From a young age, he knew he wanted to own his own company; Evans owned an ice cream truck at 15. But he was always looking at auto glass through the rearview mirror.
"It's been a part of my family since I was 13 years old," says Evans, whose father, Mike, is president of Glass Doctor of Montana. "After graduating college, I saw an opportunity. We were a midsize auto glass company, and I saw room for growth in the industry and across the state."
Prior to his promotion to store manager in Bozeman, Evans was responsible for training all the employees of Glass Doctor of Montana. "This focus on training, at Jim's direction and leadership, has produced growth in same-store sales of more than 13 percent, as well as higher employee productivity and morale," says Mike Evans.
Dean Fraley, logistics manager at Williams Plumbing in Bozeman, has a fleet of 147 trucks that come with glass issues of all kinds. When they pop up, he turns to Evans.
"Jim's extremely ambitious, honest, has integrity and is straightforward," Fraley says. "He looks you in the eye and does what he says he's going to do. He's a great guy to do business with."
Evans is proud of his company's success and just as proud of the community where he lives and serves.
"It's my hometown, and I love this town with my whole heart," Evans says. "We're helping to build a homeless shelter here locally. We're donating all the windows. There is nothing more uplifting for our crew than when we can do something for someone else and put smiles on people's faces. We have a lot of fun here."
Having fun on the job is almost a requirement when working for Evans. During a local golf tournament, the company sponsored a driving range at which golfers tried to hit a windshield. The person who hit it won a free windshield replacement.
He's a salesman, manager and coach, but his job is also to inspire, Evans says.
"I want to create an environment in which individual personal growth is the first priority. All our people need to be competently training and growing. We hold quality at its highest standard."