Meet Mike Hymes

Mike after a day at the mines when he first started working summers during college. Mike is a third generation coal miner and knows the life of a family in the Virginia coal fields.

Personal Life

  • Lifelong Resident of the Tazewell County Virginia Southern District
  • Married to Cecelia G. Hymes, a retired Tazewell County teacher who has been in Tazewell since she attended THS
  • He has two sons-
    Martin Hymes and wife Virginia with one son (Preston)
    Aaron Hymes and wife Rachel
  • 3rd Generation Coal miner to work in the McDowell County mines
  • Retired Corporate Director of Human Resources at James River Coal Company
  • Owner of “The Old Jail LLC“, an Inn located in Tazewell


  • 1967 Graduate, Tazewell High School,
  • 1971 Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Concord College,
  • 1978 Masters Degree in Business Administration, West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, extension of WVU.


  • 30 plus years of business experience in energy industry, manufacturing and industrial distribution

Business Ownership

  • March 2004 President Hy Performance Management Consultants

Community Service

  • United Way of the Bluefield’s- Board Member
  • United Way Southwest Virginia -Founding Board Member
  • United Way of Southwest Virginia -VicePresident for Fund Raising
  • United Way of Southwest Virginia -Vice President for Fund Allocation
  • United Way of Southwest Virginia – President · United Way for State of Virginia –State Vice President
  • United Way for State of Virginia – State President
  • Bishop’s Place -Founding Board Member
  • Tri State Drug Abuse Task Force – Founding member of committee
  • Main Street Methodist Church – Life long member
  • Main Street Methodist Church – Chairman Pastor Parrish Committee
  • Main Street Methodist Church – Member Finance Committee
  • Main Street Methodist Church – Church Lay Leader
  • Main Street Methodist Church – Member Administrative Council
  • Main Street Methodist Church – Former Sunday School Teacher
  • Holston Conference of the Methodist Church Legacy of Commitment Campaign – Fund Raising Chairman for Tazewell District
  • Junior Achievement for Virginia and West Virginia- Board of Directors
  • Tazewell Little League Baseball program- Former Board member
  • Tazewell Little League football program- Former coach and board member
  • Tazewell Recreation Department basketball program – Former coach and board member
  • Southwest Virginia Community College Mining Technology Curriculum Advisory Board – Past member
  • Cumberland Plateau Planning District – Representative for Southern District
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team Member


Left to right is Aaron Hymes, Virginia and Martin Hymes on their wedding day with Cecelia & Mike

Aaron & Rachel Hymes

Pictured with Aaron and Rachel on their wedding day is Martin’s son, Preston.

Mike’s three grandsons – Preston, Elliott and Ticen!


  • Volunteer of the year – United Way of Southwest Virginia
  • Most Outstanding fund raiser – United Way of Southwest Virginia

Professional Associations

  • WVCA –Member of the Human Resources Committee
  • KCA – Member of the Health and Safety Committee
  • SHRM- Member for 20+ years