James 'Sonny' Hillhouse
President, Production Specialists Inc.
Education: Memphis State University
Company: Productions Specialties, Inc.
Mr. Hillhouse was born in Steele, Missouri where he graduated from Steele High School. After attending Memphis Sate University and working at RCA, he went to work for American Electric as a plant manager. In 1991, he decided to launch his own business manufacturing outdoor light fixtures, electrical wiring, control panels and ballast enclosures. Production Specialties, Inc. was born. Since that time, PSI has expanded into the design and construction of lighting for outdoor ball fields. PSI was a winner of the Memphis Business Journal’s Small Business Award in 1995. In 2003, after business opportunities opened up in the Carolinas, Mr. Hillhouse started Eagle Lighting, Inc. which also manufactures outdoor light fixtures, electrical wiring, control panels, and ballast enclosures. That company has been named Preferred Supplier numerous times by its largest customer.
Mr. Hillhouse and his wife, Doris, have three children and one grandson.