Jim Schout is a North Carolina native, born and raised in Charlotte, NC. He graduated from N.C.S.U. with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and pursued a career with I.B.M. in Raleigh as a project engineer. There he did cost-effective analysis, technical design, and managed construction projects for the company.
Jim then worked for Heyward, Inc., a manufacturer’s representative for power, water and wastewater equipment. In fact, he sold the equipment for the expansion of the wastewater plant in New Bern in the early 1990s.
After Schout retired from sales, he became a licensed building contractor, developing family land on Lake Norman and remodeling homes. In his former hometown, he served on the board of a 3300-household homeowner’s association.
Since moving here, Jim has been active in HDRA, the Historic Downtown Resident’s Association, and the New Bern Preservation Foundation.