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GIESE, James

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GIESE, James. (Dubuque, IA-- ). A graduate of WAHLERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, Giese served in the U. S. Navy as a radarman. He attended LORAS COLLEGE and the University of Iowa , where he received a B.A. degree in economics in 1971. He married Cathy Conlon in 1975.

After doing construction work and then sales for Sears & Roebuck, he became manager of GIESE ROOFING COMPANY, a family owned business. In 1981 he left that company to start his own business, JIM GIESE COMMERCIAL ROOFING INC.

Community Service:

   Area Residential Care, Inc., Board of Directors (1975 - 1980)
   Area Residential Care Foundation, Board of Directors (1980 - 2000)
   Iowans for Life, Board of Directors
   Dubuque County Right to Life, Board of Directors & Treasurer (1997 - Present)
   Nativity Church Council
   Nativity Capital Campaign, Chairperson
   Served as Nativity Chairperson of the Archdiocese of Dubuque Priest’s Retirement Capital Campaign
   Wahlert Catholic High School “Golden Gala”, Co-Chairperson (1994)
   Rotary International, Member (1982 - 2000)
   Life Member of Dubuque Noon Optimist Club (Optimist International), (1979 - Present)
   Noon Optimists, President (1984)
   Dubuque Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Board of Directors (2007 - Present)
   U-Tell-Um Tips Club (local business association), Member and former President
   Reroofing St. Montfort Church, Port-de-Paix, Haiti

Professional Service:

   Iowa Roofing Contractors Association, Board of Directors (1988 - 1990)
   Iowa Roofing Contractors Association, President (1991)
   National Roofing Contractors Assoc., Board of Directors (1995 - 1998)
   RoofConnect (the premier national roofing service and maintenance consortium), Board Member
   Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress, Board Member (2007 - 2009)
   Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing (CEIR) Charter Member



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