James (Jim) G. Oates graduated from Ohio State University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Upon graduation Oates joined the Leo Burnett Advertising Agency in Chicago where he became President. Oates managed client relationships with some of the world’s largest consumer-based companies, including Philip Morris, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and General Motors. He was a board member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and the Advertising Council, where he served as Chairman. Oates was also a member of the Advisory Board for the Kellogg Graduate School of Management; served as a regional co-director of the “Affirm Thy Friendship” capital campaign for Ohio State University; was a member of the task force on athlete employment for the USOC; and was a board member for the Freedom Foundation. In the Gunnison Valley, he participated as a board member to the Crested Butte Music Festival and the Gunnison County 4-H Committee. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass. He co-founded and is currently a Manager of the Gunnison River Partnership.