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Jim is a 1976 graduate of EIU with a BS in Business/Accounting and a graduate of the University of Illinois Executive MBA program. Jim is the founder and president of Wall Street Management & Capital, Inc., a strategic financial advisory firm that arranges capital for clients through a broad variety of institutional funding sources. His company also facilitates revenue opportunities for clients through introductions to government agencies and Fortune 1000 firms. He previously served as the general manager and chief financial officer of Florida’s largest independently owned investor relations company where he oversaw the entity’s financing, initial public offering, and investment portfolio management functions.
His prior experience also includes serving as the co-founder and president of a Midwest-based boutique mezzanine venture fund; as treasurer and chief financial officer of Stevens Industries, Inc. (a major woodworking firm based in Central Illinois); and as group controller for Sequa Corporation (a Fortune 1000 aerospace concern). He held a variety of managerial positions with Caterpillar, Inc., during his ten years of service at the firm upon graduation from Eastern Illinois University. Jim is a past member of the EIU Alumni Association Board of Directors, and the School of Business and Accountancy advisory boards. Jim is serving his sixth year as a Volunteer on the Investment Committee. Previously he served on the Foundation Board of Directors and also as chair of the Scholarships & Grants Committee. In addition, he served on the Investment, Nominating, Finance, Oversight & Outreach (formerly the Mission & Policy) Committees, and serves as the Board’s representative to the Council of Institutional Investors.
Jerry graduated from EIU in 1961 with a BS in Education and in 1988 and with Ed.S in Educational Administration. He has maintained his involvement with EIU since he first came to Eastern. He retired as a school administrator after devoting 45 years to the field of education, served as superintendent for four school districts and as principal at two other schools. He is active in the EIU Greek community and also a member of the boards of directors for Panther Club and the College of Education and Professional Studies Philanthropy Board, volunteering his time to assist in raising funds to support EIU students.
A member of Tau Kappa Epsilon as an undergraduate, Zachary served as the fraternity’s advisor for 20 years and earlier this summer helped organize a reunion which brought many of his fraternity brothers back to campus. He is also a member of the EIU Alumni Association. This is Jerry’s third year serving as a Volunteer on the Foundation Scholarships & Grants Committee.