Clean Vapor Promotes Jim Smith to Director of Operations

Jim Smith has been promoted to Director of Operations for Clean Vapor, which will include direct oversight of human resources and corporate operations and risk management support.

Jim joined Clean Vapor in January of 2022 as the Human Resources Manager and has since grown the scope of his responsibilities to include a wide section of the company’s operational efforts. In addition to his 30-plus years of operational leadership, Jim is a 24-year United States Air Force veteran.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity Clean Vapor has presented, and I look forward to serving the company in my new role,” says Smith. “Clean Vapor is growing at a tremendous rate, and the next stage of growth will require additional efforts to make sure all of the people and equipment are all properly cared for; I am honored to be trusted with this responsibility.”

“Jim has quickly become an invaluable member of the Clean Vapor team,” says John Ballinger, COO. “Jim was initially selected as the Human Resources Manager, but his background in operations, continuous improvement, and safety created the opportunity for us to utilize his talents in a greater capacity to serve the company. He has made the most out of the opportunity that was presented to him, and we are glad to see him advance in the organization.”

Jim has nearly 20 years of manufacturing operations management experience, which aids in his understanding of the work Clean Vapor does for its clients.  He has previously served as an EC-135 and KC-135 Navigator and Instructor Navigator in the USAF.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and a master’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  Jim will serve the nationwide needs of Clean Vapor and its clients from the company’s Chattanooga office. 

Jim and his wife, Anne, of 35 years have two daughters.  When not working, Jim loves spending time with his dog, Sam, and riding his mountain bike on the numerous trails in the Chattanooga area. 

Clean Vapor, The Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Company, was launched in 2007 by industry expert Tom Hatton as a single-source solution for providing building-specific diagnostics, designs, installation, and monitoring services. Vapor intrusion mitigation systems improve indoor air quality by preventing harmful soil gas vapors from entering the indoor environment. Clean Vapor has mitigated over 30 million square feet of industrial, residential, and retail space.  Over the years, company leaders have contributed to a variety of state and federal vapor intrusion guidance documents. Today, Clean Vapor continues to provide vapor intrusion mitigation services for new construction and existing buildings. The company works with the nation’s largest engineering and environmental firms and several aerospace and DOD contractors. Clean Vapor is headquartered in Blairstown, NJ, with offices in Charlotte, NC; Atlanta, GA; Chattanooga, TN; and Southern California.