MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - JIM TROEGER
Jim is a newer member to CCoH, having joined in December 2021. He relocated to Western North Carolina in December 2016 as part of a career-based relocation and resides in the Fairview area with his wife, Jennifer, and their failed foster-turned-rescue Chihuahua, named “Stinky.”
Jim is still firmly entrenched in the working world, having spent most of his career in the automotive, aerospace/defense, and electronics sectors as an electronics applications and quality engineer. He now works for a large, global manufacturer of building materials and surface solutions products in the capacity of quality manager for their super abrasives manufacturing facility in Travelers Rest, SC.
Jim has numerous hobby interests and has been involved in many hobby-related clubs through the years, including barbershop harmony and community choruses, community theatre groups, saltwater fish/reef aquarium clubs, homebrew (beer making) clubs, and camera clubs. Jim’s first experience with photography (beyond just playing around with point-and-shoot cameras using 620, 120, 110, disc, or instant film as a younger child) was during his junior and senior years in high school when, after taking a photography course in school, he secured employment with a multi-studio photographer in his hometown in Michigan’s thumb region. He served as the studio group’s black & white darkroom technician for two years and learned a great deal as it pertains to darkroom operations and techniques. After relocating to the Metro Detroit area post-graduation, he also had his first experience with a camera club, the Motor City Camera Club. At that time, Jim’s primary camera was a Canon FTb and he particularly enjoyed shooting black & white given his time spent working in the darkroom over the previous couple of years.
Since approx. 1998, Jim has also served as the webmaster for numerous clubs and assumed the reins as webmaster for CCoH in early February. Jim has worked with multiple webhosting platforms and formats through these years. In 2008-2009, he served as the webmaster for the Orlando Reef Caretakers Association and in 2009, their website placed second in the club competition at the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America’s (MASNA) annual conference. MASNA is to the aquarium hobby as PSA is to the photography hobby.
Jim is excited to be a member of CCoH and looks forward to the opportunity to serve the membership as webmaster while also reconnecting with his passion for photography; hoping to regain the knowledge he once had and further improve his knowledge with a focus on continual improvement and further honing his skills in this craft we all love.
Below are a couple of his photos.