Jim joined Barriere in 1983 as a laborer and equipment operator before leaving the company to pursue a successful career in the music industry. Jim returned to Barriere in 2002 to work in aggregate sales in South Shore Asphalt. He became the North Shore Asphalt Group Manager prior to becoming Vice-President of Asphalt Operations. Jim served for three years as a board member of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Bayou Chapter, and currently serves on the Franklinton, La. Economic Development Foundation.