James B. Staton
VP of Information Technology
Mutual Distributing Co.
Jim Staton is Vice President for Information Technology at Mutual Distributing Company, a beer and wine wholesale distributing company in North Carolina.
After graduating from The Ohio State University in 1978 with an MS degree in Computer Science, Jim joined IBM at the Research Triangle Park in NC, where he worked with computer communications and protocol standardization. As a manager at IBM, he was responsible for IBM’s work with the IEEE 802.x committees to complete the standards for the 802.2-5 protocols for local area networks. In 1985 Jim joined the IBM European Networking Center in Heidelberg, Germany, where he managed the development of IBM’s first software prototype implementing the CCITT X400 Standard, which were the rules governing the first universal email system. His team demonstrated the functionality of the software and email standard with over 20 other vendors in Hanover Germany, Geneva Switzerland, and Tokyo Japan. While at IBM, Jim was awarded two patents in communication protocols, an Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for his work with the X.400 Message Handling System, and coauthored several articles on computer communications for the IBM Systems Journal and other publications.
In 1989, Jim joined his family’s beer and wine wholesale distribution business in Greensboro, NC as a managing partner. With the sale of the business in 2000 to Mutual Distributing Company, Jim joined Mutual as Vice President of Information Technology.
In the distribution business, Jim has worked to improve the efficiency of the company by managing the development and implementation of software and network solutions ranging from back end systems to supplier web portals to mobile applications for the sales force.
Jim has been a speaker and writer on topics ranging from communications protocols, programming, and mobile applications.