James Rhame

Lead Advisor

James Rhame is an Executive Advisor at Pilko & Associates and has 40+ years of refining and petrochemical experience in various management and leadership positions. He has the unique ability to connect with the factory floor as well as the board room to deliver sustainable results the right way.

His most recent assignment was as Vice President and General Manager for Motiva Chemical where he led the integration of the Port Arthur Chemical Plant into the Motiva company by heading the operations as well as the commercial transition into this new business area for Motiva.

Prior to that assignment, James spent 9+ years with Flint Hills Resources in various leadership positions. His last assignment was the Vice President of Olefins and Polymers, where he served on the senior Operations Leadership Team. He was also responsible for several Olefins and polymers assets within the Flint Hills portfolio.

Prior to Flint Hills, James worked in many positions in a 23+ year career with Shell.

His passion, has been and will continue to be, serving manufacturing facilities to deliver a safe, environmentally sound and profitable operation. His goal is to create value for society by delivering the overall lowest cost of manufacturing and assuring that no one or the environment is compromised. He does this by understanding the culture and developing leaders to work through their shift teams to achieve the desired results.

During his career, James has served on many industries and community-based boards in which he has been actively involved. Some positions he has held include:

  • Member of the AFPM Process Safety Advisory Board
  • Member of the East Harris County Manufacturing Association
  • Board of Directors for the Children’s Museum of Houston

James graduated with a BS degree in Chemistry from Sam Houston State University. He also attended the Wharton School of Business Executive Leadership Program.