James Stella

Profile Updated: November 13, 2012
Class Year: 1974
Residing In: Janesville, WI USA
Spouse/Partner: Shelley (Sadler) Stella
Occupation: Plant Production Manager
Children: Amanda -Graduated from UW Whitewater
Currently sales executive for WJVL and WCLO radio,Janesville More…(A division of Bliss Communications)
Even though she is one of the younger members of her sales team she has been extremely successful and productive. We will be proud grandparents of Amanda's and Jon's first child in May.

Dominick-Graduating from Indiana University in Visual Arts Education.Illustrator for the I.U. student newspaper receiving awards for his work. He has just returned from printmaking study abroad in Venice Italy. Fall 2011 will find him teaching Art and coaching football at Wawasee High School in Syracuse Indiana.After teaching and coaching football for 2 years, Dominick will be married to his sweetheart Lesle Conway at Indiana University on New Years Eve.
Lesle is graduating from the law school at I.U. and Dominick will be attending the University of Chicago Law School in the fall
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What have you been up to since you graduated:

After attending James Madison University in Harrisonburg,Virginia(Music education) and Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City, Iowa (Band Instrument Repair Brasswind specialist), I met my wife Shelley in Sioux City and we were married on October 27th, 1979.After repairing at several brass overhaul shops around the United States, I landed right back in Kenosha with the G.Leblanc Corp.(Martin Band instrument Division) as a production supervisor.Over a 20 year period I acquired more responsibilities and became the corporate brasswind specialist as well as Production Manager for the Martin facility.As brasswind specialist I have had the opportunity to design and build instruments and work with artists such as Miles Davis,Al Hirt, Maynard Ferguson,Arturo Sandoval,Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis and other talented musicians.Additionally I have represented the company at numerous trade shows in the United States and overseas as well.
After nearly 25 years with G.Leblanc,Conn Selmer (a competitor)bought us and proceeded to close and consolidate the Martin division which I was in charge of. I was assigned to lay off and relocate employees as well as transfer equipment and assets to Elkhart Indiana and Eastlake ,Ohio. After doing so and selling the building on Sheridan road, I was transferred to the Vincent Bach Co. in Elkhart,Indiana. There I was assigned the position of product development engineer.This was a proud moment for me as Vincent Bach makes the most popular artist trumpet and produces the most artist trumpets in the world.After nearly 2 years at Vincent Bach the workforce went on strike and I moved out to the shop floor to work with the office staff and train them to produce product until the strike was over.6 months later the end of the strike was nowhere in sight.At that point I moved to Janesville,WI and joined the Getzen Band Instrument Company in Elkhorn. Shortly after arriving there I became the Plant manager in charge of facilities and production. That is where I am at present.

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