Jim Freedman ('78)
"I'm a real fan of entrepreneurism," says Jim Freedman ('78).
As chairman and managing director of Intrepid Investment Bankers, Jim has advised more than 500 middle-market companies in corporate finance, corporate valuation, strategic decisions and mergers and acquisitions, including the acquisition of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team. And since 1994, he's been listed in the Los Angeles Business Journal's poll of the 100 most influential individuals in the L.A. financial services community.
"Since working with entrepreneurs is my business — selling their successful companies or helping them raise capital — I'm very passionate about what entrepreneurs bring not only to L.A., but to the country as well," says Jim.
It's fitting he serves on the board of advisors of the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. For the past 15 years, he's also taught an executive education class in mergers and acquisitions at Anderson.
He looks back on his time at Anderson as two of the best years of his life. "I met some amazing classmates that I continue to be friends with and do business with to this day," says Jim. "I had such a great experience that I've always felt the desire to give back."
In addition to giving annually, he serves on Anderson's board of visitors and mentors students through the Dinners for Eight program. "I find that helping students with their own careers and ideas and acting as a sounding board and mentor to them gives me great pleasure," says Jim.
"I'd like other people to be able to have the same opportunity that I had to go to Anderson and to achieve their goals and dreams," says Jim. "In terms of overall experience, you won't find a better graduate business school. The entrepreneur program at Anderson is really special and unique among business schools and provides great opportunities for students to become very successful in starting and growing their own businesses."