Jim Twerdahl is the Managing Director of James S. Twerdahl & Associates, a firm whose practice is divided between investment banking and management consulting.
Consulting services focus on:
- Corporate strategy and planning.
- Marketing strategies including branding, product development, distribution and other related marketing development projects.
- The writing of business plans and development of go-to-market strategies and tactics.
Investment banking services include:
- Assisting in the purchase and sale of companies with revenues of $3 to $200 million.
- Working with young companies in the development of comprehensive marketing and overall business plans to raise capital for development and growth.
He has had over 30 years’ experience managing middle market companies that manufacture technically sophisticated consumer products. He served as president or CEO of several companies:
- Jensen Sound Laboratories, car audio and home loudspeakers.
- JBL International and Harman International Industries, consumer and professional audio and electronics products.
- Marantz Company, audio and video components.
- Fertility and Genetics Research, treatment of infertility and genetic disease.
Mr. Twerdahl has served on the boards of directors of over a dozen companies, both public and private. For 12 years he served as Chairman of Mayco Colors, Inc., a manufacturer of ceramic glazes and acrylic paints. He currently serves on the advisory boards of several development stage companies.
During his career he has been very active in industry trade organizations. He served on the board of governors of the Electronics Industries Association, parent of the Consumer Electronics Association, and chaired their Audio Group. He was president of the Car Audio Specialists Association and founding chairman of the Committee of Car Stereo Manufacturers. He served on the board of several ceramics industry organizations and was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Contemporary Ceramics Studio Association.
Jim has also been active in civic and charitable organizations. His most active role has been as a twenty-five year Trustee, six as chair of the House Research Institute, the nation’s leading medical research organization for hearing related diseases and disorders. He has been active in the Young Presidents’ Organization and now chairs the World Presidents’ Organization Mentoring program for members of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.
He is a graduate in economics from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He taught a course in Brand and Product Management at Graduate School of Business at Loyola Marymount University, and has been a lecturer at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.