Jim Demark was born in 1941 in Newark, N.J., and graduated in 1958 from BayleyEllard High School, where he was on the football, basketball and baseball teams. He received an A.B. degree in history in 1963 from Upsala College, where he played football, was a member of the Political Science Club and was president of Pi Delta Phi fraternity. He began his business career in New York City in 1964 as a trainee at J.P. Stevens & Co., Inc. and went on to hold various management positions, becoming president of the Home Furnishing Division. Twenty years later, he started his own home furnishing manufacturing and marketing business that he continues operating today. Jim and his wife Susan live in Darien and have three adult children and six grandchildren. He is a member of Wee Burn Country Club, Darien YMCA and the Republican Town Committee. He enjoys reading, golf, swimming, fishing, bowling, walking and travel.