James Haffner was born in Oak Park, Ill., in 1953 and grew up in Hinsdale, Ill. He graduated  from Hinsdale Central High School in 1971, where he was a five-time state champ and seven-time All-American swimmer. He attended the University of Iowa on a swimming scholarship and graduated with a B.A. in business administration in 1975. Jim joined The Chicago Corporation in 1975, working on the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and moved to New York in 1981, where he started a similar operation on the American Stock Exchange. Jim and his wife Lynn live in Darien and have one son. Jim is active in the Noroton Presbyterian Church, serving as a Stephen minister, assisting service men and women in need. Jim belongs to the Silvermine Golf Club, The Tokeneke Club, Noroton Yacht Club, Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, Vt., and Mountain Lake in Lake Wales, Fla. For leisure, he enjoys golf, tennis and travel. Sponsored by Alex Garnett