Executive Vice Chairman
James Muehlbauer joined Koch Enterprises in 1966 as an engineering manager after serving as a U.S. Army officer. By 1982, he was named vice president of the company, and in 2012, assumed the vice chairmanship. As vice chairman, his main responsibilities revolve around the areas of employee development and engagement for the diverse company, whose subsidiaries include Koch Air, Gibbs Die Casting., Uniseal, Audubon Metals, Brake Supply, George Koch Sons, and Southwestern Communications.
Muehlbauer says that it is important to focus on what you enjoy doing in your career. "Do what you like. If you like it, you can manage the hard days," he said. Active in the charitable community, Muehlbauer also sits on the Koch Foundation board of directors. He is a director in many Evansville organizations including the University of Southern Indiana Romain College of Business Board of Advisors, St. Meinrad Board of Overseers, Welborn Baptist Foundation, USI Foundation Advisory Council, and Catholic Education Foundation (Advisory), and chaired the fund drive for Gilda’s Club. Past memberships and directorships include Deaconess Health System, Southwest Indiana Easter Seal Society, United Way of Southwestern Indiana, Indiana Association of United Ways, and the Rehabilitation Center.
Muehlbauer received the Purdue Alumni Association Citizenship Award in 1991, the Spirit of United Way Award in 2001, the Multiple Sclerosis Spirit Award in 2008, and the Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen Award in 2015. A graduate of Memorial High School in Evansville, Muehlbauer received bachelor's and master's degrees from Purdue University