Jim Harris serves as Chief Talent Officer for the Velocity Companies. He is responsible for the development and implementation of talent-centric business plans as well as providing strategic direction for the companies. Jim is an accomplished career recruitment executive with expertise in leadership and talent acquisition. Across a variety of industries, he is an adept professional who builds solid relationships with candidates, colleagues, and business partners.
Prior to joining Velocity, Jim served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps for 23 years, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant. He has held executive and leadership positions throughout his career to include serving as Director of Talent Acquisition; U.S. Marine Corps Advisor to the Commander of United States Naval Forces Europe and Africa, London, UK; Substation Commander with the Marine Corps Recruiting Command; Assistant Personnel Officer for Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA; and as the Equal Opportunity Officer for Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC.
Over the course of his career, Jim has been the recipient of more than 40 awards for his military and private sector contributions. Decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal for exemplary military leadership, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and Recruiter of the Year awards. He is a graduate of Campbell University’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, graduating magna cum laude in business administration.