Jim Zacharias runs a small sawmill business (JayZee Lumber) in Joseph, Oregon.
His family first settled in Wallowa County in 1896 to work as farmers and loggers. After graduating from Joseph High School, Jim worked for his father for a couple of years and then started his own logging company that grew to 30 employees and subcontractors. He was one of the first to introduce mechanical logging to Northeast Oregon.
When the major local mills closed, he downsized and sold his business to his sons Tom and Seth. Three generations of the Zacharias family, as well as many relations, are still working in the woods of Wallowa County.
Jim and his wife Julie live just outside of Joseph. In their spare time, they hike, ride horses, hunt and fish in the neighboring mountains and canyons.