Jim McCready, along with Rollie Bauer, founded The Cypress
Companies, Inc., in 1995. A native of Akron, Ohio, he began his
career teaching business at Upper Iowa University. Jim then
transitioned into a national account representative position within
the Burroughs Corporation, which is now known as Unisys.
In 1974, Jim returned to Akron and became president of The City
Machine & Wheel Company, a manufacturer and distributor of boat
trailer tires and wheels. The next year, Jim, David Brennan, and
Dick Hamlin formed a partnership that purchased City Machine &
Wheel and became known as The Brenlin Group.
In 1983, Jim was named president of The Brenlin Group, a
position he held until 1995 when the partnership dissolved and spun
off its operating companies. It was that same year that Jim and
Rollie Bauer founded The Cypress Companies, Inc., which continues