Jim has broad senior leadership experience in media, financial services, digital technology and non-profit organizations. Jim held a succession of key management posts at American Express in the company’s financial and publishing divisions including President of the Travelers Check Group Worldwide, President of Establishment Services, EMEA, and Senior VP and Group Publisher, Food and Wine, Travel and Leisure, and Departures.
He served as President and Publisher of the Forbes Magazine Group. After leaving Forbes, Jim had leadership roles in several entrepreneurial ventures. He was President and COO of Mother Nature Network, the largest environmental news site on the web, after which he became Chief Revenue Officer of Gogo In-flight, the leading provider of Wi-Fi connectivity on commercial and business aircraft. Most recently he was President of G100, a member based learning community for CEOs. Jim is also an advisor and board member for several early stage digital companies.
Jim is a former Chairman of the Board of Connecticut College. Other philanthropic work includes board membership for Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry, and Culture of Respect.
Jim and his wife, Mary Jane, live in Connecticut and have two grown daughters.
Darcy has successfully filled hundreds of senior level roles across a broad stripe of businesses and job functions. She is a trusted advisor to several large family run businesses, as well as a confidant and coach to a number of candidates she has placed over the years. Darcy’s eleven years in the executive recruiting world were preceded by a successful career in consumer packaged goods and advertising. Starting her career at Procter & Gamble, she parlayed that experience into senior roles at Bozell, DDB Needham and W.B. Doner in both the Chicago and Detroit markets. Her blue chip client list included Volkswagen, Lipton, Anheuser-Busch, and Campbell Soup. She also has entrepreneurial experience, having co-founded Illume Software, a company whose mission is to mitigate distracted driving.
A graduate of Duke University, Darcy is active in a number of not for profit organizations including the Posse Foundation and the Duke Alumni Association.
She and her husband Jeff live in Darien, CT with their three children.
Frank is a legendary recruiter and a founding partner of Bentley & Farrell, Ahl & Berrien, now Ahl, Berrien & Partners. He continues to provide counsel to our firm and manages several key long term relationships for the firm.
Frank started in executive recruiting at Heidrick & Struggles in 1971. He left after 8 years to start his own boutique recruiting firm, Farrell & Phin, which he ran with great success for nearly 20 years after which he became President of Nordeman Grimm.
A former Marine, Farrell graduated from NYU. He and his wife Kelly live in Massachusetts and have three grown children. He is actively involved with Habitat for Humanity.
Karen is a marketing and branding superstar. In fact she worked with superstars when she led the worldwide marketing strategies for Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Kings of Leon, and Ozzy Osborne while at Sony Music Entertainment. Most recently, Karen worked at Apple where she oversaw the strategic partnership platform and business development avenues for iTunes, with a select list of iconic companies including Nike and Disney. A graduate of Bucknell, Karen is active as a volunteer and host for the NYC-based Fresh Air Fund. She and her husband live in Fairfield with their two children.