Jim Davis (business)
|Born||1943 (age 70–71)|
|Education||B.S. Middlebury College|
|Known for||Chairman of New Balance
co-founder of Major League Lacrosse
|Net worth||US$ 3.4 billion (March 2014)|
James S. Davis was born in 1943, the son of Greek immigrants. He attended the Worcester Academy, and he received a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry from Middlebury College in 1966. While in college, he played college football.
He started his career as a sales engineer at the LFE Corporation in Waltham, Massachusetts, and as marketing manager for the Applied Geodata Systems Division of Techven Associates of Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1972, he bought New Balance, then only a 6-employee firm in Boston, and turned it into a 4,000-employee global corporation with revenues topping $1.6 billion. He has been a Board member of the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, the International Athletic Footwear & Apparel Manufacturers Association, and the Two/Ten Foundation. He is a member of the Athletic Footwear Council and is on the Executive Committee of the Rubber and Plastic Footwear Manufacturers Association. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Citizen’s Bank in Providence, Rhode Island.
He has donated $500,000 to Mitt Romney's Super PAC, Restore Our Future. He has donated $5 million to the University of Maine. He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater, Middlebury College. A library on its campus has also been named for him. He formerly sat on its Board of Trustees, on the Worcester Academy's, and on Newbury College's. He sits on the Board of Trustees of the Sports Museum of New England and formerly Boston Children's Museum.
As of September 2011, he is the 692nd richest person in the world, and the 242nd richest in the United States, with an estimated wealth of US$1.8 billion. He is married, and has two children. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
- Forbes: "The World's Billionaires - Jim Davis" March 2014
- Forbes profile
- New Balance leadership
- Daren Fonda, 'Sole Survivor', in Time Magazine, Nov. 01, 2004 
- Major League Lacross Founders
- The Pappas Post: "Son of Greek immigrant leads New Balance to major expansion" April 3, 2012
- Sarah C. Ray, 'Library named for Jim Davis '66 and his family', May 7, 2010 
- Dan Eggen, 'New Balance distances itself from donation to Romney supporting ‘super PAC’', in The Washington Post, 
- Glen Johnson, 'New Balance disavows chairman’s Romney donation', on Boston.com, 08/10/2011 
- Middlebury College Board of Trustees
- Boston's Children Museum Board of Trustees