, New Hampshire , United States
Jun 19, 2010 05:16pm
Married - Christian -
|Info||Jim Bender is a New Hampshire business leader with extensive experience building businesses in the consumer and high tech world. As a Washington outsider and expert in technology, finance, and economics, Jim will bring his private sector expertise and fresh outlook to the challenges facing New Hampshire. He will return jobs and economic growth to New Hampshire while he ensures that fiscal responsibility, good governance, and trust are returned to Washington. |
Jim spent more than 25 years as a businessman and entrepreneur using his problem-solving and management skills to turn-around and expand underperforming businesses. He helped start a personal computers peripherals business, IDEA, which grew to more than $25 million in revenue within three years, and provided employment to hundreds. As president of Logicraft, a Nashua New Hampshire based network server company, Logicraft grew to employ hundreds of New Hampshire residents. Logicraft exported products worldwide, and was recognized three times by Inc Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America. Jim has repeatedly demonstrated a keen talent for quickly identifying and solving problems and for bringing new ideas and new energy to these companies. He knows what it takes to meet a payroll and keep a business healthy so it can grow and provide more and better jobs for workers and their families.
Jim’s record in business is impressive. His primary operating companies, IDEA, Logicraft, and Aware each enjoyed more than tenfold growth in product revenue and each dramatically expanded employment under Jim’s leadership. Each of these businesses also provided impressive returns to investors. Jim believes the same expertise and problem-solving skills he uses to manage and grow businesses can be used to help government improve the economy and expand jobs for New Hampshire citizens.
Jim and his wife Susan are 23 year residents of Hollis, New Hampshire. Throughout Jim’s career he has been involved in local charitable causes. Jim led the fundraising for a new church in Nashua, New Hampshire, and has contributed in many other local projects in and around his home town of Hollis. Jim’s wife, Susan, and their daughters Jackie and Lauren, have also been active members of their church’s Friendly Visitor Program for more than a decade.
The oldest of six children, Jim and his brothers and sisters all learned the importance of cooperation and hard work, Jim had his first paper route at eight years old, and through grade school and high school he worked in a butcher shop, as a stock boy, a janitor in a hospital, a cook, a lumberjack and as a construction worker. By his college years he had been a member of three labor unions. Jim knows a lot about what makes our country work, and the views, problems, and needs of our citizens.
Despite his achievements in business and community service, Jim will tell you that nothing is more important to him than family. Jim and his wife Susan have been married for more than 28 years. His daughters Jackie and Lauren are both graduates of Boston College. Jackie is a television news reporter covering news events in northern New Hampshire and Vermont. Lauren recently graduated with a degree in Biology and works in health care in southern New Hampshire.
Jim has a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in Industrial Technology from Lowell Technological Institute, and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.