Jim McIngvale has been associated with the field of public, governmental and community affairs for more than four decades. He joined Ingalls in 1977 as a photographer, and has advanced through positions of increasing responsibility. He assumed his current duties at Ingalls in August 2016.
Since 2011, Jim directed the company’s government & community affairs organization. Prior to HII’s spin-off, he was responsible for similar duties within Northrop Grumman, and was previously director of communications for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Gulf Coast.
Jim and his team are responsible for the messaging and image of Ingalls Shipbuilding, both inside the shipyard and in the communities that shipbuilders and their families call “home.” The team manages all internal communications programs and initiatives, and coordinates external communications programs and initiatives with HII Corporate Communications. It also manages audiovisual services, as well as all special events for the Company’s portfolio of shipbuilding and employee programs. In addition, the organization leads and supports the Company’s relationships with state, local and regional governmental entities, its interface with community-based organizations, and its partnerships with regional business committees, councils and economic / community development organizations. It also supports HII Corporate-level communications and government affairs programs.
Active in Mississippi civic and community affairs, McIngvale is immediate past-chairman of the board of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association. He also serves on the Operating Board of the Mississippi Economic Council, and is a founding member and Chairman of that organization’s Public Education Forum. He represents Jackson County as a member of the executive committee of the Board of Trustees of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He was named to the “One Coast: Outstanding Community Leader” Class of 2016, as well as to the “MS Top 50” Class of 2017. He is a member of the advisory board for the MS Maritime Museum.
In 2012, McIngvale was appointed by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant as a commissioner of GoCoast 2020, charged with defining how key priorities and leveraged resources can help overcome challenges faced by the Coast in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He is co-chair of the Workforce GoTeam. He is also a member of Governor Bryant’s Ocean Task Force, created in 2017 to place Mississippi among the nation’s leadership for maritime technology development and application. He is a past board chairman of both the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation.
A founding member of The Mississippi Military Communities Council (MMCC), he served as the organization’s chairman from 1996-2004. MMCC is authorized by Gubernatorial Executive Order to advise executive and legislative officials on issues relating to growth and development of the various military installations and facilities in communities across the State.
Following 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, Jim was actively involved with Federal, State and Local agencies and contractors, assisting in housing and aid programs for his neighbors and fellow shipyard workers in Mississippi. He was a member of the Defense / Industrial Committee of Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding & Renewal.
Jim is a 1976 graduate of The University of Mississippi. He resides in Pascagoula with his wife, Nancy. Their daughter, Brooke, works in Washington, DC, as marketing and events manager for the publishing company MediaDC.
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