Jim Reese is President and CEO of Atlanta Mission, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. He joined the organization in August 2008. His primary focus is to ensure that Atlanta Mission achieves its vision, “To be the premiere service provider unifying organizational and community efforts to positively change lives through a continuum of programs focused on helping poor and homeless men, women and children in the greater Atlanta area.”
Before joining Atlanta Mission, Reese held the following key business leadership positions:
He was a member of the Executive Board of Netherlands-based Randstad Holding NV, and the Chief Executive Officer of Randstad North America with oversight for Randstad United Kingdom. As CEO of Randstad North America, Reese had responsibility for more than 500 offices and 2,300 staff members, who together put more than 53,000 individuals to work each week across the United States and Canada. Randstad United Kingdom put an average of 8,500 people to work each week with over 65 branch offices. Other positions held at Randstad were Chief Operating Officer of Randstad North America and Managing Director of Operations for Randstad North America’s
Southeast Division, the company’s largest operating division.
Prior to joining Randstad, Reese was Chief Operating Officer for the Honeybaked Ham Company. He was responsible for the company’s more than 125 retail stores, as well as its catalog business, new business development, business-to-business services, corporate gift services, real estate, store construction, purchasing and quality assurance.
Reese served as Division Vice President of Operations for Frito-Lay, the $5+ billion Snack Food Division of PepsiCo. In addition to overseeing the company’s engineering and quality assurance programs, Reese was responsible for supporting sales in excess of $900 million through eight manufacturing plants, 22 distribution centers, all sales warehouses and the driving fleet. Prior to working at Frito-Lay, Reese managed the General Food’s Maxwell House Coffee Plant, in Jacksonville, Florida – “the world’s largest coffee plant.” In 1989, Reese co-founded the First Coast Manufacturers Association, which today includes more than 300 Florida manufacturers.
In 1980, Reese earned his B.B.A. in Marketing and Business from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Reese is a board member of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, a past member of the Board of the American Staffing Association and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He is also past Chairman of the Elders at Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia. He has addressed audiences at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and at Western Michigan University, and at various business conferences on a variety of topics including: “The Challenge of Leadership,” “Business Ethics,” and “Today’s Workforce – Current Trends and Challenges of the Future”.
Reese lives in North Atlanta with his wife, Dina, of 30 years. They have three grown daughters and two grandchildren.
Atlanta Mission transforms, through Christ, the lives of those facing homelessness. Established in 1938, Atlanta Mission provides overnight shelter, temporary shelter, employment support, recovery programming and transitional housing for more than 950 homeless men, women and children daily. Atlanta’s largest and longest-running provider of homeless services, Atlanta Mission operates four facilities and seven thrift stores. www.atlantamission.org.