Young grew up in Richmond, where his father worked in technical sales. Young excelled in math and science in high school. He had no doubt that the university wanted him to attend.
“The family legacy and college of engineering’s reputation made Virginia Tech a natural choice for me,” Young said. “I always thought my engineering degree taught me how to solve problems and had a good foundation for anything I wanted to do professionally.”
Young started his career in North Carolina as a research and development engineer for DuPont, then returned to his hometown of Richmond to work as a sales engineer for Trane.
“I called on contractors, engineers, and business owners to sell Trane products,” he said. “Sales engineers were 100 percent commissioned, which required the development of some business skills to be successful. Trane made great products and had excellent technical support, and I loved selling. “
Young said he would probably still be working at that job if not for an opportunity to become an owner of the Riddleberger Brothers, a large mechanical contractor that had been among his sales clients. Young led the company through a 10-year period of major growth, doubling the number of employees, while prioritizing the level of quality for which the company is known by its commercial, industrial, and institutional clients.
Riddleberger was acquired by Comfort Systems USA in 2008 but continues to operate under its own name with corporate offices in Mount Crawford, Virginia. After leaving Riddleberger, Young is focused on acquiring small, privately held companies and helping them grow. In 2012, he founded Young Capital Partners, and today, he is an investor and managing partner.
In 2011, Young was inducted into the College of Engineering’s Committee of 100. That was one of the proudest moments at Virginia Tech for the Young Family during a five-year span from 2009-14 that also included Laura Young Garbett’s graduation from the architecture program. in 2009; Jimmy Young’s graduation from the human nutrition, diet, and exercise program in 2013; and Caroline Young’s graduation from the biochemistry program in 2014.
“We always loved taking them homecoming and playing football and walking around campus,” said Marianne Young of her children. “There was never any pressure on him to attend Virginia Tech, but with that exposure and all the stories from Jim and his dad, they continued the tradition. Fortunately, they did well and graduated and are doing what they love. We are very proud of them. “
Jim Young said his father loved Virginia Tech so much that it was “not impossible to be influenced by, and we naturally passed along to our children.”
Considering that both his eldest daughter and his son are married to the Hokies – Bryan Garbett, who earned his accounting degree in 2005, and Jennifer Hundley Young, who earned her biology degree in 2013 – there is a solid chance that the family’s passion for Virginia Tech may A fifth generation of lead members to enroll. But whether that happens or not, the family’s impact will continue to be felt on campus long into the future, thanks to Jim and Marianne Young’s generosity.
General Chat Chat Lounge