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Jim was most recently President of Clarks Americas and member of the Clarks Global Executive Leadership Team. He joined Clarks in 1995 and was part of the team that led the footwear company from just over $40M in revenues to over $1.1B in 2013 in North America. Today, over 22M pairs of Clarks shoes are sold throughout North America in 13,000 retail locations, as well as over 300 company-owned stores.
Jim is originally from Rochester, New York and moved to Boston in 1995 to join Clarks. While in Rochester, he held positions with Paychex, Price Waterhouse, and spent 14 years working for Altier Shoes – a family-owned footwear retailer with over 30 locations throughout Upstate New York. Jim now has over 30 years of experience in Global Wholesale and Retail business.
Through his career, Jim has been very involved in community. He just completed his term as Chair of the Board for the Two Ten Footwear Foundation. The Foundation began 70 years ago and is committed to strengthening the footwear community with financial, social and educational support and services while nurturing community-building and volunteerism. At Clarks, he co-founded the First Step program, which gives internship opportunities to people with disabilities. First Step is aimed at ensuring that opportunities are accessible to all people with a passion to work. The program provides a confidence-building work experience, along with a paycheck, and ultimately the chance at permanent employment at the company.
In 2010, Jim was asked by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to provide a report outlining recommendations for a Public/Private partnership that would engage in initiatives to create greater access to employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Jim led a process reaching out to employers representing several hundred thousand employees to get feedback and prepare the report.
In December 2007 he was awarded the AA Bloom award at the annual Ten Two Footwear Foundation dinner in New York City. The award recognizes an individual in the industry for outstanding volunteerism
Throughout his career, Jim has focused on nurturing the culture in organizations through leadership development and building teams that achieve success and have a lot of fun doing it. In 2008, and 2010-2012, The Boston Globe recognized Clarks as one of “Massachusetts Top 100 Places to Work.” He was also recognized as one of “Footwear News Power 100” in 2011 and 2012.
Jim is a regular public speaker on topics ranging from Leadership, Culture, Career, and Advocacy for Employment of People with Disabilities.
In 2012, Jim was invited to join the Board of advisors for Datapoint Capital – a venture fund focused on internet start-ups and based out of Boston, MA.
Jim graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology and now resides in Greater Boston Area.