Commission Chair/Vice Mayor Jim Kihm
Jim Kihm was first elected to the City Commission in 2017. He was re-elected for an additional two-year term in November 2019. His current two-year term will expire November 2021. He was elected by the City Commission in both 2018 and 2019 to serve as the City Commission Chair/Vice-Mayor. Commissioner Kihm also serves as the Commission's Legislative Liaison and represents the City for the Manatee County Council of Governments, and the ManaSota League of Cities.
Commissioner Kihm received a BS from Miami University, MBA from Xavier University, and Masters Corporate Real Estate. He has held a variety of managerial positions in pharmaceutical and the medical device industry. He also served as Director of Construction for a Fortune 500 Company, President of large Industrial Park’s Owners Association for over 20 years, and has knowledge of finance and budgets.
His community involvement includes serving as a member of the Bradenton Yacht Club Finance Committee and Bradenton Yacht Club's Long Range Planning Committee. He has volunteered at Food and Wine on Pine, Bayfest AMI, The Chalk Festival, Art Walk, and Anna Maria Home Sweet Home. His political background involves serving on the Washington, NJ Board of Adjustments.
Born in Indiana, Commissioner Kihm grew up and attended Ohio schools. He has lived in Ohio, New Jersey, Maryland, and now Florida. He was married to Connie Kihm for 52 years. They were both members of the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.
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