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James J. Hoolihan


James J. (Jim) Hoolihan is the CEO of Industrical Lubricant Company and Can-Jer, Grand Rapids, Minnesota-based companies providing industrial lubricants, supplies and services to the taconite, logging and railroad industries.  The Hoolihan family has owned the businesses for more than 70 years.

A native of Grand Rapids, Jim served as Grand Rapids mayor from 1990 through 1995.  He served as the Blandin Foundation's president and CEO from 2004 to 2011.  Jim has served on several civic boards and commissions, including the Ready for K board of directors; the Governor's Task Force on Mining and Minerals; United Way of Grand Rapids campaign chair; and chair of Itasca Development Corporation/Jobs 2020.  He is a past trustee of the College of St. Scholastica.  Jim currently serves on the board of directors for the Duluth-based ALLETE, Inc. and is a trustee of the Blandin Foundation.

Jim holds a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, a master's of business degree from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame.