Jim Davis (business)
|Born||James S. Davis
1943 (age 73–74)
|Alma mater||Middlebury College|
|Known for||Owner & chairman of New Balance
Co-founder of Major League Lacrosse
|Net worth||US$4.9 billion (March 2017)|
James S. Davis was born in 1943, the son of Greek immigrants. He attended the Worcester Academy, and he received a bachelor's degree 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 averaging around $2.5 billion every year. 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 2017, he is the 324th richest person in the world, and the 94th richest in the United States, with an estimated wealth of US$5.1 billion.
Davis donated almost $400,000 to the Trump Victory Committee in September 2016. In an interview given to Wall Street Journal reporter Sara Germano on the day following the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump, a New Balance senior executive suggested support for Trump due to his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Widely reported social-media reaction documented numerous New Balance owners destroying or disposing of their shoes—with many pledging lifetime boycotts of the company.
- Forbes: "The World's Billionaires - Jim Davis" 22 March 2017
- 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
- O'Sullivan, Jim (13 January 2017). "New Balance founder gave nearly $400,000 to Trump". Boston Globe. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
- "Why has New Balance backed Trump and what other businesses support him?". The Sun. 2016-11-10. Retrieved 2016-11-12.
- Germano, Sara (2016-11-11). "New Balance Faces Social Media Backlash After Welcoming Trump". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-11-12.
- "People are trashing New Balance sneakers after the company’s apparent pro-Trump comments". Boston.com. 2016-11-10. Retrieved 2016-11-12.
- "This is why people are lighting their New Balance shoes on fire". NBC News. Retrieved 2016-11-12.