Jim Cutter had the chance to play professional baseball for the Montreal Expos, but turned down the offer to stay close to his mother and family. He still played baseball, attending NKU on a four-year baseball scholarship while obtaining his degree in Construction Management. After graduating in 1982, Jim went on to work with Ryan Homes and then in the Aircraft Engine Business Group at General Electric. During his eight years at General Electric, he completed some remodeling and construction jobs on the side. By 1993, Jim recognized the growing demand for quality and service in the construction field in Northern Kentucky, and Cutter Construction, Inc. was born.
Since its inception, Cutter Construction, Inc. has grown into a major custom home construction company. The two-division company – with Cutter Custom Homes handling new, custom home projects and Cutter Construction offering remodeling and commercial building services – prides itself on being able to take on any size of project in any budget category. Over the course of more than 25 years, Cutter Construction has successfully undertaken multi-million dollar projects across Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. Jim and his company have received over 300 industry awards for superior craftsmanship, attention to detail, and unsurpassed customer service.
In addition to owning and operating one of Northern Kentucky’s most successful, full-service construction companies, Jim is committed to strengthening his community. He has donated his time and company resources to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, has coached and sponsored over 30 youth sports teams, and has served as an active member on several private, foundation, and nonprofit boards. Capitalizing on all of his experiences, Jim recently launched Just in Time Connections, a motivational coaching group that helps individuals and organizations build relationships and trust.
When asked on what advice he would give to young people wishing to start a business, Jim had this to say: “You have to have a deep passion and knowledge for what it is you want to do. Look for various ways to gain experience and don’t reject opportunities on your path to learn new skills. I learned a lot about building growing up, at the NKU Construction Management program, and when I worked at Ryan Homes. But I was also involved in efforts to build lean business processes at GE, which was more a manufacturing setting. Those skills in business and thinking about efficient service delivery all contributed to Cutter Construction’s early (and ongoing) success.”
Jim continues to serve on the Construction Management Advisory Council at NKU and is a past president of the Alumni Council at NKU.
Jim Cutter currently serves on many nonprofit boards and committees. “Although I am honored to serve on the various boards and committees, I feel that it is our personal responsibility to give back and help as many people as we can," he says. Some of these organizations include: Children’s Inc. Kids Voting, Buenger Boys and Girls Club, Campbell County Park Board, and Newport High School Advisory Council.