2016 Distinguished Alumnus: James “Jimmy” Adams III

BIO: James “Jimmy” Adams, III is the President of Coach, LLC, a leading manufacturer of luxury motor coaches. He also serves as Chief Operating Officer at Amadas Industries, a specialized manufacturer of agricultural and industrial equipment.

Adams earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering in 1995. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at N.C. State, and played club lacrosse.

Adams has a passion for motorsports, and competed in professional auto racing, driving Porsches, Vipers, and Le Mans Prototype cars in the IMSA, Grand Am, and SCCA Pro Racing series. He has been a winner and record holder in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and has served as a driving instructor for auto manufacturers including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Land Rover, often in South America.

Adams and his wife Hannah met at NC State, they have two children, and reside in Suffolk, VA. The couple actively supports the Suffolk Humane Society, JDRF, Suffolk Art League, Suffolk Nansemond Historic Society, and Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. For leisure, Jimmy enjoys travel, boating, skiing, fishing, hunting, motorhoming, and motorsports. Jimmy is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and serves as the Virginia State Chairman of the YPO Southern 7 Chapter.