James Spanos was born in 1950 in Manchester, N.H., and graduated in 1968 from Manchester High School Central, where he worked on the school newspaper and was on the track team. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1972 with a B.S. in civil engineering and was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Society. In 1974, he received an M.B.A. from Dartmouth College Amos Tuck School of Business. His business career started in 1974 with Citibank, where he worked in commercial lending in New York City and Athens, Greece. He joined UBS in 2000 in wealth management, retiring in 2010. James and his wife Penny have two children and one grandchild. He is a member of the Emeriti Board of the University of New Hampshire Foundation and the American Hellenic People’s Association. He is an active member of the Tau Beta Pi Society national engineering honor society. He enjoys gardening and coin collecting