In the summer of 1970, a weekly Tuesday night poker game between friends led to the establishment of The United Company, one of the most successful business partnerships our region has ever seen. The United Company began as a coal company that soon expanded into steel, financial services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, and many other lucrative industries. When asked about not only his start, but also his meteoric rise in the business world Jim McGlothlin says it was, “a lot of luck, and a lot of hard work by United employees.”
Jim McGlothlin was born and raised in Buchanan County, Virginia and began his entrepreneurial ventures early with a newspaper delivery route at age nine. He quickly expanded his route soon, though, from about 10 papers to well over 300. He continued to work hard both as a school bus driver and waiter throughout high school and into college at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.