Jim Bertolini Speaks Out

Why I Choose to Build Church Chairs in the USA

Jim Bertolini

There’s been a lot of grim financial news this week that seems to point to the economy being unsure of where it’s going. What a shocker for the Dow Jones Industrial to fall 500 points in a single session on Thursday. Although I doubt that anyone who’s been watching the debt ceiling fiasco in congress [...]

Coasting to Mediocrity

Jim Bertolini

Anyone who has driven in or out of Los Angeles, California over Interstate 5 knows just how daunting the Grapevine pass is, especially the long, steep southbound side heading up out of Bakersfield. It is not uncommon on a hot day to see numerous steam-gushing vehicles stopped on the side of the road. Its extreme [...]

Am I in the Church Chair Business?

Jim Bertolini

I was asked the question the other day from one of my closest friends, “What business are you in?” Now considering that he’s a close friend, he knew exactly what I sold and into what market place I sold it, but the question is one that needed to be asked, and asked on a regularly [...]

Changing our Family Tree

Jim Bertolini

I was reminded today by my good friend Alemu Beeftu of the story of the prophet’s widow in the fourth chapter of Second Kings. Her husband’s death left her destitute and a creditor was going to take her sons as slaves. She cried out to the prophet Elisha. Elisha responded, “Tell me what you have [...]

Yes I Admit It, I’m Afraid

Jim Bertolini

Yes I admit it, I’m afraid. Some days bring out the best in me. The sun is shining (I feel fortunate to live in a sunny climate), my family loves me, and, oh yes, people are buying church chairs. On that last point, it’s not just because I run a USA manufacturing company that build [...]