Meet Jim Switzer: Senior V.P. of Municipal Services

Posted on March 18, 2019

As Lakeside’s Master Plan begins to unfold, we must continue to grow our team and deepen the project management skills needed to manage simultaneous, complex projects for the foreseeable future. It’s for these reasons that we’ve hired Jim Switzer, a Lakeside homeowner and past board member, as our newly created Senior Vice President of Municipal Services, effective April 1.

Switzer brings with him a wealth of applicable skills and experiences having worked in the telecom industry for 38 years. He recently retired from AT&T with 24 years of project management experience managing the company’s installation of sophisticated networks worldwide. For the first 10 years, he served as General Manager of Network Builds in Ohio, and for the past 14 years, was a director over project management organizations for national programs.

Switzer will report directly to Lakeside’s CFO/COO Dan Dudley and will work closely with Lakeside’s President/CEO Kevin Sibbring to deliver on the Master Plan, especially leading up to our 150th Anniversary celebration in 2023. He will also manage Lakeside’s Vice President of Facilities & Safety Services Dave Geyer and his maintenance, security and grounds teams regarding the day-to-day operations of Lakeside.

In assuming this role, Switzer has resigned from the Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors, however, he will be an important liaison with the board and Municipal Services Committee moving forward. While on the board, Switzer served on this committee and the Historic Preservation & Design Review Board.

Switzer and his wife, Laurie, have two grown children, Alicia and Jessica. Their daughters have enjoyed summers at Lakeside and were members of the Lakeside Leadership Academy internship program in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The family of four graduated from the University of Mount Union.

Switzer and his wife are active volunteers at Lakeside. The couple has served on the Lakeside Leadership Giving Team, and Laurie was a member of the Pool & Wellness Taskforce. Switzer also serves on the board of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, a Lakeside partner organization.

We’re confident that Switzer’s skills will quickly become evident in his service to Lakeside, especially as we implement the infrastructure study and address the need to replace all Lakeside streets, among other Master Plan priorities.