Jim Gifford was born in Albany, N.Y., in 1949. He grew up in Delmar, N.Y., and graduated from Bethlehem Central High School in 1967. He graduated from Boston College in 1971 with a B.A. degree and was a member of the Honors Program and played intramural sports, including baseball and football. Jim started work in 1972 with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare in San Francisco. In 1978, he returned to school at the University of Oregon, where, in 1980, he earned an M.Sc. degree in computer science and was a graduate teaching assistant. Back in the workforce, Jim was software engineer at Wang Labs in Boston for 10 years; vice president of engineering at Media Vision in Fremont, Calif., for four years; vice president and general manager at Diamond Multimedia Systems in Santa Clara, Calif., and senior vice president and chief operating officer for five years at Netscreen Technologies in Santa Clara. Jim and his wife Shirley live in Rowayton and have two children and five grandchildren. He belongs to the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers. He is an avid reader and student of classical antiquity, medieval philosophy and history. Jim has traveled worldwide since his retirement and also is an amateur wine collector. He enjoys skiing. Sponsored by Bob Johnson