Born September 1935 in Chicago, Jim grew up in Highland Park, IL. He graduated from DePauw University in 1957 with a BA in Economics-including a semester @ American U. seeing the government in action. He was on the Golf Team and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
His work experience began with Union Carbide selling their consumer products in TX and Midwest, followed by a stint as a Media Buyer and Account Exec at Leo Burnett, ad agency in Chicago.
He spent the next 32 years in Broadcasting Advertising sales with Katz and Blair Television in their Chicago offices transferring to Blair’s New York office in 1971. He held various sales management positions at Blair retiring in 1995 as Sr. VP new business. During those years he had major interaction with most every major US network and television station group that provided an opportunity to be successfully involved in the TV station brokerage business as President-Television of Kepper, Tupper and Company of CT from 1995-2017. He also is managing trustee of a family farm in Sullivan Co. IN since 2004.
Jim married his wife Elizabeth (Betsy) Phelps, also from Highland Park IL, in October 1958-they are looking forward to celebrating their 60th anniversary next month.
The family moved to Darien in 1971 and he and Betsy have remained in town since then. Their two adult daughters and their families now reside in Simsbury, CT and Cumberland Foreside, ME. Their adult son and his wife live in Manhattan. All of their 3 kids went to Darien schools thru High school. They have 5 grandchildren-2 boys and 3 girls. The eldest boy and girl are through college and working, another granddaughter is a freshman @ Penn State and the youngest granddaughter is a junior in HS. Their other grandson is successfully involved in a special needs program in the Portland ME area.
Besides enjoying the golf, special events and other programs DMA offers, Jim is a member of Noroton Presbyterian Church, Woodway Country Club, various area senior golf, tennis and paddle groups. Other interests include volunteering at Person to Person, fitness, travel, jazz music and being an ardent sports fan-still heavily tilted to rooting for his favorite Chicago teams.