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James Lane

Class of 1983


Jim is the son of James, Sr. and Mary Lane. At CHS, he lettered in football and winter track and was voted Most Outstanding Junior Offensive Football Player.

“Jim reminds me of the great American Story, as he made his own way by reaching deep inside himself and through willpower and elbow grease, created his own destiny,” said selectman and fellow CHS Hall of Famer, George Dixon in his nomination letter. “Most of all, it is Jim’s character that defines his greatness. Jim is a man of great and moral character, who has great leadership ability which continually shows strong will and dedication.”

After graduating in 1983, Jim studied Applied HVAC Theory and, early in his career, learned the HVAC, construction and real estate business from the ground up. In 1998, Johnson Controls, overseeing multiple high profile properties in downtown Boston, including Copley Place, 116 Huntington Avenue and the Moakley Courthouse, hired Jim as an Account Manager.

In 2003, Jim took his talents to EMCOR, a $6.6 billion Fortune 500 company. Jim has risen through the ranks at EMCOR, currently serving as Senior Vice President and General Manager of EMCOR Facilities Services, where he oversees one of the organization’s largest and most profitable operating entities. Jim is responsible for managing a $45M operating budget with more than 355 employees and over 120 client assignments nationally.

Jim has maintained a passion for learning throughout his career, something he attributes to his years at CHS. He has matriculated at some of the most prestigious universities across the country, including the United States Military Academy at West Point, Harvard, Villanova, Babson and Northeastern.
Jim’s professional drive is matched by his commitment to Chelmsford. Over the years, he has worked tirelessly to support the community that helped make him the man he is today. He has served as an elected Planning Board Member, Chairman of the Master Plan Committee, and elected member of the Board of Selectman, as well as Chairman of both the Community Preservation Committee and Center Village Master Plan Committee. He currently serves as both a Historic District Commission Member and Town Meeting Representative. “It’s something in my blood, and I cannot imagine a day when I will not be involved with Chelmsford in some way.”

The center of Jim’s existence is his family. He calls his beautiful wife and children, Collin and Madison his heartbeat, and proudly says, “I hope my kids learn from me that hard work, dedication and integrity can take you far in this life. These are things my parents taught me, things that were reinforced at CHS and throughout my lifetime as a resident of Chelmsford. That’s the important thing,” he says, “they don’t just see it at home, but every day, at school, in the neighborhood and in all the activities they participate in. That’s what I want part of my legacy to be. Give them the chance to receive the same things from Chelmsford that Chelmsford gave to me.”