J. Elder II
When J. isn’t running around managing the company, he is running marathons. Seriously, this guy never stops! When he’s not on the job playing in the dirt, you can find him hunting, fishing or cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones. With two kids and a wife who loves to cook, J. is a proud, lifetime employee. He is also very flexible about vehicles he drives… as long as it’s a blue Ford.
James started with Elder Corporation in 2008 as the Controller, and moved into the Chief Operations Officer role in 2014. After hours, there’s a good chance that he’s tossing the baseball around in the backyard or converting the family room into a WWE-style wrestling arena with his two boys. James is a self-proclaimed DIY-er, and enjoys a good home remodeling project. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in accounting and holds the CPA and CMA certifications (which stands for Certified Management Accountant, not to be confused with Country Music Award holder).
Tim loves to tell stories about the good old days. One of our favorites is about the day he got his first 8N Ford tractor when he was 8 years old. Coincidentally, he lost the keys that same day. As Vice President of Grading Operations, Tim has a passion for anything with an engine. Off the job, he gets his horsepower fix by watching cars turn left. He’s also a real family man. He and his wife Brenda have a daughter, two sons, a son-in-law, two daughters-in-law, six grandkids and three “dog children.”
The very first day Steve operated an excavator, it started on fire. Now, he is our Vice President of Underground Utilities, so he has really come a long way! When Steve isn’t starting fires, he is hunting, fishing, snowmobiling or 4-wheeling. He is known for being a man of few words, but when Steve does speak, he is full of wisdom. We speculate that he gathers all of his wisdom when he escapes to his quiet Wyoming cabin. Married with a daughter attending Grand View University, we are glad Steve joined the team in 1986, even if it means making sure there’s a fire extinguisher handy.
Brent has done a little bit of everything since he started in 1989. He began as a concrete laborer, then a fuel truck driver. Soon after, he became shop foreman where he fixed everything with duct tape and baling wire. Then? Off to become the safety manager. Finally, Brent became a Project Manager, and was promoted into his current position, Vice President of Project Management in 2014. When he’s not busy at work, he stays active by golfing, playing basketball, hunting or fishing. Brent is married with two sons.
In Brian’s own words, his life is summed up in one simple cycle: “hunt, eat, sleep and repeat.” He’s a big outdoorsman, but you may not know that he also has a culinary side, specializing in Iron-Chef-worthy Cajun dishes. Brian started at Elder in 2004 and is our Vice President of Mobile Fleet Assets and Maintenance. He has a wife, son and daughter, who also get to hear his other life mantra, which is, “There’s only one way to do it – the right way.”