As the president and CEO of Atlanta Mission, Jim Reese feels that professionally he has found the perfect fit. “I felt that God had called me and prepared me for this assignment as I look back on my life,” says Reese. “I feel the opportunity to be part of an organization that God uses to change lives every day is a great responsibility and privilege.” He considers it a privilege to see lives altered everyday, and witness people coming off the streets, asking for help, and finding their way out of homelessness and into a new life.
Prior to Atlanta Mission, he served as CEO of Randstad North America, Chief Operating Officer of both the Honeybaked Ham Company and CCCi, and Division Vice President of Frito Lay. He also managed General Food’s Maxwell House Coffee Plant, and co-founded First Coast Manufacturing Association, which today consists of over 300 Florida manufacturers. Reese is a board member of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, D&W Fine Pack, Matchstic, Chair of Association of Gospel Rescue Missions and a past member of the Board of the American Staffing Association. Recognized in 2015 and 2016 in Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 50 Influential Non-profit Leaders.
He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1980 with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and Business.