Jim and his wife, Judy, worked together in the Peace Corps for three years teaching English as a foreign language in Libya and Thailand before Jim joined his family’s business, MARKEM Corporation, in 1974. He started work at MARKEM in international operations, leading to a three-year assignment in Brazil. On his return to Keene, Jim worked in product management, marketing and finance. In 1983, he was elected Vice President and General Manager of MARKEM’s Continental European Operations based in England where Jim and his family resided from 1983 to early 1986. Upon his return to the U. S., he became Vice President and General Manager of MARKEM’s USA Operations. From 1990-1992, he was Vice President and General Manager of MARKEM’s Systems Division, in 1992, Jim was elected President of MARKEM Corporation and, in 1999, he was elected Chairman. Jim retired from MARKEM in December of 2006, when the company was acquired by Dover Corporation.
Jim has been very active in numerous other business, civic, and public service organizations, including St. James Episcopal Church (serving on the Bishop Search Committee and Trustee of the Episcopal Diocese of NH), Red Cross, Keene City Council, Corporate Child Care Group, Monadnock United Way, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (elected Chair of the Board of Directors 6/12/07), Shaker Village, Putnam Foundation, Keene Downtown Housing Corporation, the HCS Community Care Campaign, Keene Community Goals Committee, Franklin Pierce College and Proctor Academy as Board Trustee, Board Member of Laboratory Technologies, Inc., Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, Inc. and Spectra, Inc., Trustee of the New Hampshire HistoricalSociety, Chairman and Co-founder of Monadnet, Founding Chairman of the Monadnock Region of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Board Member of The Colonial Theatre in Keene and Trustee of Cheshire Medical Center.