Jim Penman

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Jim Penman
Owner of Jim's Group
Personal details
Born (1952-05-25) 25 May 1952 (age 67)
Stourbridge, England
NationalityAustralian
Children11 Children
Alma materLa Trobe University
ProfessionFranchisor, Historian
Websitejims.net

David "Jim" Penman is an Australian businessman and historian in the field of biohistory. He is the owner of Jim's Group.[1][2] He has been a co-author in a number of peer-reviewed articles on calorie restriction on rats.[3][4][5][6] In addition he, has self-published books using his academic interests on mice to make claims on predicting human culture and history.[7] Penman described his ideas as being classified as Conservative liberalism and Neoliberalism.[8]

Early life[edit]

He attended Sydney Church of England Grammar School and Melbourne Grammar because his father Tom Penman worked in different trades including as Chief Engineer at Carlton United Breweries.[9]

As a teenager, he was fascinated by the fall of Rome and why this happened.[10]

In 1974, at age 22, after completing Honours, Penman started a PhD under June Philipp, part of the ethnographic historians called “the Melbourne Group”[11] at La Trobe University looking at how character was a key to understanding history.[12] It was during this time doing his PhD and mowing lawns, in 1979 when he first met Felicity who was to become his first wife.[13] In 1981, Penman submitted his PhD that was rejected. In 1983, June Philipp told Penman that he could resubmit his PhD, with changes to the methodology section, and it would, in the words of Penman, "be able to get through." He submitted his PhD with the changes recommended by Philipp in 1984, ten years after starting, his PhD 'Personality and social change' passed.[14][15]

After having his PhD rejected he turned his part-time lawn mowing business into a full-time job in 1983-89.[16]

Jim’s Group[edit]

Penman focussed on setting up and selling lawn-mowing rounds rather than simply mowing lawns, taking on sub-contractors and selling around 100 rounds between 1983 and 1989.[2]

In 1988 VIP Home Services came into the market in Victoria, which prompted Penman to systemise his own processes and create the Jim's Mowing franchise. Jim's mandate is to be fanatical about service to both Franchisees and customers, working constantly to lower complaints and improve Franchisee satisfaction.[2]

After launching the Franchise in 1989, Penman was approached by people who wanted to use the Jim’s banner. The second division was Cleaning and since then the franchise model has been adapted to almost 50 different service industries.[17]

Penman is still the CEO of the group and actively involved in day-to-day operations.[2]

In 2018 Jim’s Group has a turnover of over $400 million, with more than 3,800 franchisees in four countries, Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand and Canada.[18] Jim's Group is currently preparing a prospectus for a possible float in late 2018.[citation needed]

Biohistory[edit]

Penman has been engaged in the study of epigenetics,[19] self-publishing Biohistory and Biohistory The Decline and Fall of the West based on his Phd from 1983.[20][21] He marketed the book himself by appearing on popular youtube channels to give interviews such as Stefan Molyneux[22] Richard Heathen from Liberty News Machine[23] and That Libertarian Chap.[24]

His work has been criticised as drawing "heavily on racial stereotypes"[25] and having a nationalist and eugenicist agenda.[26][27]

Philanthropy[edit]

Penman stated that after his PhD he could not get an academic post so he had to self fund his research interests.[28] Penman gave $500,000 in funding to a team of researchers in the school of psychological science at La Trobe University.[29] He later funded Institute for Social Neuroscience/ISN Psychology a research institute and tertiary education provider where Penamn has a governance role as Director.[30][31] Tony Paolini, a senior lecturer in behavioural neuroscience who headed Penman's La Trobe research and now CEO and President of ISN Psychology said "I think, basically, Jim has a lot of ideas and I, as a scientist, help to funnel those ideas into testable hypotheses."[32] By Penman's account he spends $1million a year on research and wants to increase that to $2-3 million per year and start using CRISPR to make "to make both genetic and precise epigenetic changes".[33]

Personal Life[edit]

Penman has 11 children, has been married four times and described himself as an evangelical Christian.[34][35][36][37] He also has cold showers to promote vigor and advocates discipline and chastity.[38] He attends a creationist church.[39]

Books[edit]

Jim's Mowing, franchise development:

  • J. Penman (1992) The Cutting Edge: Jim's Mowing, a Franchise Story ISBN 0850915171, 9780850915174
  • J. Penman (1998) Surprised by Success: The Very Australian Story of Jim's Mowing ISBN 0646912526, 9780646912523
  • J. Penman (2003) What Will They Franchise Next?: The Story of Jim's Group ISBN 9780975113202
  • J. Penman (2013) Selling by Not Selling: From $24 to a Turnover of $400 Million ISBN 0646360736, 9780646360737

Epigenetics, culture and society

References[edit]

  1. ^ Waters, Cara (2019-02-28). "'Wrath is my weakness': Jim's Mowing's 'ruthless' boss admits to sacking sister". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  2. ^ a b c d White, Sue (2015-11-14). "Meet the boss: Jim's Group founder Jim Penman". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  3. ^ Levay, Elizabeth A.; Govic, Antonina; Penman, Jim; Paolini, Antonio G.; Kent, Stephen (2007-12-05). "Effects of adult-onset calorie restriction on anxiety-like behavior in rats". Physiology & Behavior. 92 (5): 889–896. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2007.06.018. ISSN 0031-9384. PMID 17673267.
  4. ^ Govic, Antonina; Levay, Elizabeth A.; Hazi, Agnes; Penman, Jim; Kent, Stephen; Paolini, Antonio G. (2008-06-26). "Alterations in male sexual behaviour, attractiveness and testosterone levels induced by an adult-onset calorie restriction regimen". Behavioural Brain Research. 190 (1): 140–146. doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2008.02.013. ISSN 0166-4328. PMID 18367259.
  5. ^ Govic, Antonina; Kent, Stephen; Levay, Elizabeth A.; Hazi, Agnes; Penman, Jim; Paolini, Antonio G. (June 2008). "Testosterone, social and sexual behavior of perinatally and lifelong calorie restricted offspring". Physiology & Behavior. 94 (3): 516–522. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2008.03.007. ISSN 0031-9384.
  6. ^ Levay, Elizabeth A.; Tammer, Amanda H.; Penman, Jim; Kent, Stephen; Paolini, Antonio G. (May 2010). "Calorie restriction at increasing levels leads to augmented concentrations of corticosterone and decreasing concentrations of testosterone in rats". Nutrition Research (New York, N.Y.). 30 (5): 366–373. doi:10.1016/j.nutres.2010.05.001. ISSN 1879-0739. PMID 20579529.
  7. ^ Amerena, Dom (2013-05-09). "The Founder of Jim's Mowing will Make you Smarter and Save the World". Vice. Retrieved 2019-09-16.
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbf9SkguA_w. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Catherine Moolenschot (author). Jim's book : the surprising story of Jim Penman, Australia's backyard millionaire. Milton, QLD. pp. 6–9. ISBN 9780730368151. OCLC 1078404005.
  10. ^ "Jim Penman: As with the fall of Rome civilisations like ours collapse with the loss of 'hungry' temperament". Adelaide Now. May 27, 2015.
  11. ^ Griffiths, Tom (2016-10-01). "Reading Inga Clendinnen". The Monthly. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  12. ^ Catherine Moolenschot (author). Jim's book : the surprising story of Jim Penman, Australia's backyard millionaire. Milton, QLD. pp. 26–41. ISBN 9780730368151. OCLC 1078404005.
  13. ^ Catherine Moolenschot (author). Jim's book : the surprising story of Jim Penman, Australia's backyard millionaire. Milton, QLD. p. 35. ISBN 9780730368151. OCLC 1078404005.
  14. ^ PENMAN, J. 1983. Personality and social change. Thesis (Ph.D.) -- La Trobe University, 1983. Submitted to the Dept. of History.
  15. ^ Catherine Moolenschot (author). Jim's book : the surprising story of Jim Penman, Australia's backyard millionaire. Milton, QLD. p. 40. ISBN 9780730368151. OCLC 1078404005.
  16. ^ "The Founder of Jim's Mowing will Make you Smarter and Save the World". Vice. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  17. ^ "Jim's fantastic empire". 9 August 2012.
  18. ^ "Jim's Group mows short court battle with digger franchisor". The Australian Financial Review. 15 November 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  19. ^ "UK could 'decline and fall just like the Roman Empire'". Mail Online. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  20. ^ Gibson, Rachel (2006-09-16). "Weird science or the Jim workout our bodies need?". The Age. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  21. ^ "'We're all doomed': Jim's Mowing founder Jim Penman". 8 May 2015.
  22. ^ "The Decline and Fall of the West | Dr. Jim Penman and Stefan Molyneux".
  23. ^ "The Science Behind The Rise and Fall of Civilizations: Biohistory w/ Jim Penman".
  24. ^ "Biohistory: using science to prevent the decline of the West - an interview with Jim Penman".
  25. ^ "How Jim Penman made enough money to be taken seriously". Australian Financial Review. 2019-05-13. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  26. ^ Patel, Josh (2017-04-30). "The 'Biological Turn' in History Writing". Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal. 4 (2): 280–297. doi:10.31273/eirj.v4i2.165. ISSN 2053-9665.
  27. ^ Amerena, Dom (2013-05-09). "The Founder of Jim's Mowing will Make you Smarter and Save the World". Vice. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  28. ^ White, Sue (2015-11-12). "Meet the boss: Jim's Group founder Jim Penman". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  29. ^ Gibson, Rachel (2006-09-16). "Weird science or the Jim workout our bodies need?". The Age. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  30. ^ "How Jim Penman made enough money to be taken seriously". Australian Financial Review. 2019-05-13. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  31. ^ isncollege (2016-12-14). "Our Governance". ISN Psychology College. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  32. ^ Gibson, Rachel (2006-09-16). "Weird science or the Jim workout our bodies need?". The Age. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  33. ^ "How biohistory affects human nature". Human Givens Institute. 2017-01-03. Retrieved 2019-09-18.
  34. ^ "How 'Jim' Penman from Jim's Mowing made his fortune". NewsComAu. 2019-03-01. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  35. ^ Waters, Cara (2019-02-28). "'Wrath is my weakness': Jim's Mowing's 'ruthless' boss admits to sacking sister". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  36. ^ Penman, Jim (2018). "What will they franchise next? The story of Jim's Group" (PDF).
  37. ^ "God, History And Jim's Mowing I". Focus on the Family Australia. 2016-07-14. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  38. ^ "The Science Behind The Rise and Fall of Civilizations: Biohistory w/ Jim Penman".
  39. ^ Catherine Moolenschot (author). Jim's book : the surprising story of Jim Penman, Australia's backyard millionaire. Milton, QLD. p. 45. ISBN 9780730368151. OCLC 1078404005.
  40. ^ "Review: 'Biohistory — Decline and Fall of the West'". Digital Journal. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2018.