Jim Ciallella is his name (or Jimmy C. for short). Evan and I have both known Jim six or seven years. I knew him mainly as Jim, the guy with a bar in his apartment. Evan knew him as the kid in computer science that made everyone else jealous because the work was so easy for him. “All you have to do is think about it,” was and is Jimmy C's mantra and we couldn't be happier that he is thinking about problems for OrangeCoat full time now.
Over the last four years Jim has worked for the Cliffs Communities. During that time we all remained good friends. I can't tell you the number of calzones and pitchers of Kashimer IPA we've had at Barley's talking about business, big ideas, and making off-color jokes. These meals have been one of my biggest pleasures while living in Greenville. Both Jim and Evan stretch the way I think and always make for fun arguments. I've found myself yelling at the top of my lungs in a crowded bar, 'it's not about being fucking happy.' This over a discussion on whether people really are better off today than they were 100 years ago. I said, yes they are, and I'm right.
We've gone back and forth over everything from paying off your mortgage early to getting a MBA to recycling. During all these discussions one thing has been clear, every decision Jim makes he makes because he's thought it through completely. Jim measures three times and cuts once. Evan and I both trust him completely and we are ecstatic that he is part of OrangeCoat.
Business in general over the last few months has given us a couple of sharp and painful growing pains. That being said, it was all needed and with Michael and Jim both on board now, we have the base team that we've always wanted.
Things are about to get real fun. Stay tuned.