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The Man Behind the Scenes

Marvin Owen February 7, 2011

You know him. He is the person that shows up early, sets things up, disappears and reappears when it is time to break down. He does the driving, the errands, the little things that are needed to make something successful. Never asking for or receiving any recognition for the work he does.  He is the man behind the scenes making it all happen.

Last week ACS Technologies lost such a person: Jim Wilmeth. Jim was part of a two person team with his wife Jeanette that trained thousands of churches on ACS. Jeanette was the trainer and Jim was her one man support team. They traveled the country in their motor home going from church to church helping to get ACS started.

They would even set a schedule where Jeanette would train churches on back to back days with Jim driving through the night to get to the next destination. For part of their tenure with ACS, Jim and Jeanette were actually homeless. They were on the road so much; they sold their house in McKinney, Texas to be free to move around the country.

If you ever attended an ACS Convention, you might have caught a glimpse of Jim working in the background setting up rooms and moving in extra chairs when needed. Even though Jim was never an ACS employee, we learned to treat him as one. Even to the point of having him wear an ACS convention staff shirt and recognizing both Jim and Jeanette when Jeanette retired in 2006.

Jim passed away last week and will be missed by all of the ACS family.

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