Jim Dewitt, originally from Nebraska, is a 23-year veteran of the United States Army. During his military career, Dewitt was responsible for battlefield communications as a signal corps officer. He served in Kuwait during Desert Storm and retired as a major. After retiring, Dewitt chose to pursue his passion of leading people and went back to school to earn a master’s degree in health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. Soon after finishing an administrator-in-training stint at Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca, Dewitt interviewed with a new community opening in Simpsonville—The Springs. He’s been with The Springs since 2000 and was instrumental in opening the community in February of 2001. He and his wife, Melanie, raised their two daughters in Simpsonville, and Dewitt says he is especially happy that he and his family were able to immerse themselves in the local area. Dewitt loves leading his team at The Springs and says, “The staff do an excellent job and have the passion that I’m looking for in caring for the residents. From the caregivers to the kitchen staff to the housekeeping staff, there’s nobody that I wouldn’t want to have on my team.” His staff return the compliment as the majority will tell you he’s the best boss they’ve ever had. Dewitt was named Director of the Year for 2014-2015 by All About Senior Caregiver Awards. He also loves the residents at The Springs and counts visiting with them daily as one of the best parts of his job. Dewitt is involved with the Chamber of Commerce and with the Rotary Club of Simpsonville. Dewitt has also been selected as the president-elect of the South Carolina Association of Residential Care Homes (SCARCH) and will serve as the organization’s president in 2017-2018. When he’s not working, Dewitt enjoys running (he’s run the Marine Corps Marathon five times and is a member of the Greenville Track Club) and golfing. He especially loves being a grandfather and spending time with his three young grandchildren.