James M. Nicholson

Director, Term: 2018, 2019-2021, 2022-2024

James M. Nicholson


Jim Nicholson is the chairman of PVS Chemicals, Inc., a global manufacturer, distributor, and marketer of chemicals and related environmental and transportation services, with locations across the country. With more than 25 years of company experience, Nicholson has brought insight and innovation to all aspects of the business, including information technologies, risk management and strategic growth. Along with his father and brothers, Nicholson is proud to carry on the tradition of a company started by his grandfather 75 years ago. Prior to joining PVS, Nicholson worked in the insurance industry—serving the Amerisure Insurance Companies as an underwriter, Aon Corporation as a licensed insurance agent and broker, and Electric Insurance Company as vice president, underwriting and regulatory affairs. Nicholson holds a degree in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A from the University of Chicago and continues to apply this expertise and knowledge to the benefit of many organizations.

Nicholson has a strong interest in the success and growth of our community. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the College for Creative Studies and is Chairman Emeritus of Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan, YMCA of Metro Detroit, The Nature Conservancy and the Michigan Manufacturers Association. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Amerisure Companies and serves as a director for the American Chemistry Council, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Detroit Branch and the Jefferson East Association. In his free time, Nicholson enjoys reading, music, racquetball and skiing with his family.

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