Jim Nelson

Mayor and City Council
Title: Councilmember/Treasurer
Phone: 512-261-6281

Jim is a retired global supply chain and retail executive who began a new career as an automotive and lifestyle journalist three years ago.

Activities & Experience

An active resident in The Hills, Jim is currently serving as the President of The Masters HOA - a sub HOA to The Hills POA - having served in that role since 2011.

He also served as a volunteer on the roads paving project committee for the POA and worked with the BOA in resolving the placement of the property border fencing between The Hills (The Masters) and The Villas at the Hills following their annexation by the City of Lakeway.

Jim commits time and resources for media communication and PR to the locally operated Lake Travis Christmas Hope charity that provides holiday grants and other financial support for Wounded Warrior families in treatment at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC).


Living in The Hills since 2006, Jim and his wife, Linda, purchased their current home when Jim was still active as an executive specializing in supply chain business unit turnarounds in Dallas and Houston. They had lived in Austin some years earlier when Jim was running a supply chain business unit for a major technology firm in Austin. When the opportunity presented itself to return to Austin, they selected The Hills as their home.

Over the course of Jim’s 40 year plus professional career, he has managed and directed supply chain and logistics organizations of several hundred to well over a thousand personnel in varied disciplines at multiple sites and locations regionally, nationally and globally working in diverse industries including retail, consumer products, manufacturing, automotive, electronics and outsourced services.

Jim's career experiences also include a long period as an owner of a large regional sporting goods retailer based in Detroit, Michigan.

Currently, Jim and his wife Linda (also an automotive journalist) travel to and participate in major automotive introduction and test events throughout the year and ride/drive test new cars and trucks weekly. From those events and test drives, they write and publish reviews and articles about the vehicles and the automotive industry through various media outlets.


Jim and Linda have a blended family that includes two sons and two daughters and ten grandchildren who live in the Kansas City and Chicago areas. 


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