Jimmy joined APNEP in 2006 as APNEP’s Coastal Habitats Coordinator. Jimmy’s responsibilities include representing APNEP at meetings and outreach events, as well as the implementation of the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan. He also represents the program on various committees in the APNEP region. Jimmy works closely with several regulatory agencies in the state and their respective commissions to help implement the goals of the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership. Jimmy is a longtime resident of the Albemarle-Pamlico region and, prior to joining APNEP, owned and operated Washington Crab Company, Inc. for fifteen years. From 1998 to 2005, he served as chairman of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission. During Jimmy’s tenure as chairman of the Marine Fisheries Commission, North Carolina's Coastal Habitat Protection Plan was written and adopted. Jimmy graduated from N.C. State University with a bachelor of science degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1981.