James Newman

Current City: Phoenix, AZ

Jim Newman joined Greater Phoenix SCORE in 2005.  Since joining SCORE, Jim has mentored more than 750 entrepreneurs and small business owners. He serves on the Chapter’s Executive and Operations committees.  He also mentors clients at a Vermont chapter during the summer months. 

His expertise includes:

  • Business & market planning
  • Manufacturing, operations & supply chain
  • Acquisitions, divestitures & joint ventures
  • Performance improvement & turnarounds
  • Product development & licensing
  • Business Development & Marketing

During his prestigious career, Jim led mid-size, multi-site international manufacturing and construction companies, emphasizing improved performance through restructuring, growing sales, cost reductions, partnerships and innovation.  

He directed sales & marketing for proprietary and commodity products into automotive, architectural, consumer, industrial, international and defense markets. He directed product development of industrial and consumer products and opened and expanded international markets using partnerships, licensing and company owned operations.

Jim implemented planning, continuous improvement, lean thinking, objective setting, quality systems and team development processes. He negotiated acquisitions, divestitures, licenses and formation of Joint Ventures. He expanded, moved, closed and built plants with proprietary processes and equipment.

Jim served as CEO of 3 plastic processing companies, two owned by equity capital firms. He was also CEO of an international construction company owned by a large Japanese company. Other positions included Sr. VP of Operations (COO), VP of Business Development and Director of Manufacturing for a public company making high performance materials and custom designed engineered systems. He was COO of 2 furniture companies and Division General Manager of a public furniture company.

Jim served as Captain in the US Army, commanding armor, infantry and engineer units. He is a decorated Vietnam veteran. 




MBA, General Management, The Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College BS, Management Engineering, University of Vermont

Mentoring Methods

In Person