Jim Forrest currently serves as Chairman of Shore Capital, a Chicago-based private equity group focused on healthcare services and the food industry, where he serves on the boards of Community Care Partners, Great Lakes Dental Partners, Southern Veterinary Partners, Sweetmore Bakeries, 360Pack, and Container Services, Inc. During his 35 years in venture capital and private equity, Jim has served on approximately 40 Boards of Directors of private companies ranging from start-ups to companies with revenues well over $1 Billion. Jim’s focus in all his investments is to identify emerging customer needs in attractive markets and subsequently develop defensible strategies for growth, the ultimate foundation for wealth and job creation.
Jim also previously served on the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Hoover is one of the nation’s preeminent public policy research institutions, where it seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity through free market principles and limited government while securing and safeguarding peace for America and all mankind. Current and former Fellows include such notable intellectuals as Milton Friedman, Condoleezza Rice, George Schultz, Henry Kissinger, Shelby Steele, John Taylor, Ed Lazear, Gen. Jim Mattis, Thomas Sowell, Richard Epstein, John Cochrane, Scott Atlas, and Gen. H.R. McMaster.
Prior to Shore Capital, Jim spent 20 years as a Managing Director of Wind Point Partners, a private equity firm in Chicago, Illinois, where he focused on investments in industrial manufacturing, business to business services, healthcare, and the software and electronics industries. He was also frequently involved in managing troubled portfolio companies, having served as interim CEO of a variety of Wind Point’s investments. Prior to joining Wind Point Partners in 1988, Jim was with Gould, Incorporated, Chicago, Illinois, a diversified industrial company where he ran several international electronics businesses during his 14 years with the Company.
Jim earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from Michigan State University in 1971, and received his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1975. He and his wife, Alice, met at Michigan State University in 1968, and have been married 51 years.
Jim and Alice have residences in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Naples, Florida. He is blessed with a son, Patrick, a daughter, Emily, and four grandchildren.
CURRENT & PAST BOARD ROLES
M.B.A.: Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration
B.S. in Electrical Engineering: Michigan State University