Entrepreneur in Residence Program
Jim Kilmartin is the founder and director of the Joshua House Community Center in Tyrone, PA. At age 22, Joshua House was established and now serves over 1000 young people annually from around Central PA through educational, athletic and faith-based programs. HoopsFest is JHouse’s largest event and has become one of the state’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, hosting nearly 200 teams, 750 players and over 2500 fans in downtown Tyrone.
Joshua House Community Center is a dynamic non-profit organization seeking to impact and equip the younger generations to be a driving force in society.
Mr. Kilmartin is the Vice President of Business Development for Keystone Business Support and PropertyCare, servicing seven counties in Central PA through various business services, specifically through commercial cleaning. Keystone Business Support and PropertyCare has become one of the largest commercial cleaning businesses in Central PA. Along with an outstanding business model, Jim uses his strength of networking, relationship building and managing to be effective in growing the company. Keystone Business Support began as a family business and now has over 60 employees.
Jim spent four years in public service as the Mayor of Tyrone, 2006-2010. Driven to make Tyrone a better place, he was elected and stepped into office at age 29. As mayor, he helped pull together community leaders to collaborate on multiple projects, events and activities.
He was President and owner of Kingdom Solutions, LLC, a freight handling business, 2004-2010. Closure was due to the downturn of the economy.
In 2006, Jim received the IMPACT Award by the Blair Chamber & GRYP for his positive impact on Blair County. The Altoona Mirror included Jim in its inaugural 2007 feature, “20 under 40,” and in 2009, he was named to Pennsylvania Business Central’s Foremost Under 40 for his service as mayor, entrepreneur and founder of Joshua House.
Jim’s hobbies are coaching his children in sports, playing basketball and running. He is presently training for his 2nd marathon May 4th in Pittsburgh. He is on the leadership team of Keystone Church and Ministries in State College. One of Jim's main passions is proclaiming God's purpose and hope for all of us.
He is a member of the Blair Chamber Foundation Board, Operation Our Town Northern Blair Roundtable Chair, ARC of Blair County Board and on several Tyrone School District committees.
Jim, 38, resides in his hometown of Tyrone, PA with his wife, Jessica, and their six children. Jim is passionate about life and making everything around him better.
Jim’s favorite quote: “All this is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.” -Edmund Burke, Irish orator, philosopher and politician