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Business Person of the Year

Thank you to Boland for their Silver Partnership for the 2019 Gala


Jim Boland, President and CEO of Boland, began his career with Boland over 40 years ago, gaining unparalleled experience in the Commercial HVAC industry. Starting out as an account executive in 1978, Jim has steadily worked his way up through the ranks to become the President and CEO in 2003. Jim is widely known for his strategic leadership in continuing the legacy of his father in creating one of the most successful Trane franchises in the US by evolving the industry and growing Boland’s capabilities. The franchise is now in its 59th year with more than 350 employees.

Since graduating with a BSBA degree from Georgetown University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Loyola College, he has served as chairman of the Board of Directors of Georgetown Preparatory and Mater Dei Schools. Today, he serves as co-chair of the Capital Campaign Committee for Georgetown Preparatory where he is also a Board Member.

Jim is passionate about giving back to the community. In addition to being Chairman of Flax Trust of America, he is also a member of the John Carroll Society, and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.  As the leader at Boland, he also drives support for several charities charged with feeding hungry families, providing backpacks for students in need, and collecting toys for children.

Beyond his dedication to education and community, Jim is entrusted with several industry leadership roles that promote change and development. His professional memberships include ASHRAE, AOBA, and Mechanical Contractors of America (MCA) where he was former Board Chairman in supporting and promoting union labor. He has paved the way for advancement and growth in business development initiatives as Past-President and current Board Member of the National Association of Trane Franchise Holders (NATFH).  He is also a member of the Trane Distribution Advisory Board (DAB), where he confers with other leaders in setting distribution strategies across all business streams.