Prior to founding Vopne, Jim was a Principal at Tinicum Capital Partners, a $1.5 billion private investment fund. At Tinicum, Jim made investments in manufacturing, industrial, aerospace and business services companies. He was actively involved in portfolio company operations serving in interim senior management roles, including CFO of Plano Molding, a leading manufacturer of fishing tackle boxes, and COO of Enesco, a designer of home décor. Jim also served on the board of, and as senior advisor to, Hallmark Data Systems, a trade publication database management company.
Jim’s prior experience includes senior executive positions at FEI Women’s Health (acquired by Barr Laboratories), Sharebuilder (acquired by ING Direct) and ADAC Laboratories (acquired by Philips Medical). Jim began his career as a consultant at Bain & Company and, prior to that, as an investment banking analyst at Dean Witter.
Jim currently serves on the boards of Vopne portfolio companies Vacutech, a manufacturer of industrial vacuum systems, and Phoenix Wrappers, a manufacturer of stretch wrapping equipment. Jim previously served on the board of former Vopne portfolio company Star Seismic.
Jim earned his BA (magna cum laude, phi beta kappa) from Colorado College and his MBA from Stanford University.