James D. Firnstahl was appointed President in 2011. As President, he travels the world dialoguing with business, government and religious leaders about trends where commerce and faith intersect. Each year he speaks to groups around the world about his passion: the impact Christ-followers can have in the global marketplace.
Jim began his 30 year career in business as an international banking and capital markets professional in New York City with JP Morgan, Chase & Co. (formerly Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company) He then joined Wells Fargo Corporation managing three different finance divisions including business loan securitization.
Jim rounded out his finance career as CFO of businesses in such diverse industries as global manufacturing and wholesale building supply distribution. He also started a hi-tech firm in the fast developing 3-D printing process.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Minnesota; an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Masters of Arts in Christian Thought from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota USA. He is also a Director of the Veritas Forum at the University of Arizona.
Jim and his wife Emily reside in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Emily serves on two Christian ministry Boards; they have one daughter who serves as the executive director of a symphonic music organization. Jim can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org