Jim Slade is the VP of the Central Region for Komatsu Equipment Company. Jim began his career with Komatsu in 1982 as a technician. Over the past 35 years he has held roles as a Rebuild Foreman, Rebuild Manager, Service Manager, PSSR Manager and has been in his current role as Branch Manager and VP since 2001.
Jim attended Utah Technical College where he took classes in business and received his certification for Diesel Mechanics and Machinist. He has received numerous certifications for Komatsu including sales training, failure analysis, hydraulics, transmissions and engines. He is the recipient of Komatsu’s “Service Manager of the Year” award for 1999 and 2000. Under Jim’s management, his branch has received several safety awards from the Utah Safety Council, Kennecott, and the AGC of Utah.
Jim has lived in Taylorsville, Utah for the last 30 years and has a beautiful wife and three daughters. He has been involved with scouting and leading the young men for the last 28 years, and recently completed a 5-year term as a Bishop for his church. In his free time Jim enjoys sports, especially hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and spending time camping with his family.