Jim Phillips was born in Boston (1947) and grew up in Manchester, MA. He graduated from St. Paul’s School in 1966 where he played hockey and lacrosse. In 1970, he received a B.S. degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Business School.


Jim began his business career in 1971 with JPMorgan as a real estate lending officer, and next, joined Russell Reynolds Associates becoming Global Head of their Real Estate Practice. In 1995, he co-founded the Highland Search Group and built their investment management practice. Highland was acquired in 1999 by Monster Worldwide where Jim continued to manage the real estate/investment management practices. Finally, in 2002, he co-founded Jamesbeck Global Partners, a boutique specialized in investment management executive search.


Jim retired in 2008. He and his wife, Marta, live in Darien and have two grown children. He is a member of the Tokeneke Club, Silvermine Golf Club, Great Harbor Yacht Club and a former Board member of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. He enjoys sailing, skiing, tennis, investing and reading history.