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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Beef Stroganoff
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
One grenade will get you all.

Birthplace

Born:
2/28/1943
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Beef Stroganoff
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
One grenade will get you all.

Birthplace

Born:
2/28/1943
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, James Kaiser, after the death of his father, moved to California with his mother and brother. This change of circumstances caused some lean financial years for the Kaiser family. During that time, his mother worked to help desegregate the Catholic schools in California . She counted Roy Wilkins, executive secretary of the NAACP, as one of the family friends.

After high school, where he lettered in football, Kaiser attended and graduated from UCLA in 1966 with a degree in political science. After graduation he entered the Navy and served two tours in Vietnam, earning the Navy achievement medal. After being discharged, Jim Kaiser married Kathryn Mounday and began a career in business. Corporate America made fertile ground for this bright and aggressive African American. Joining Corning Glass Works as a sales representative, he rose through the ranks. In 1986, Jim became a Senior VP at Corning with management responsibilities in the US, Asia and Latin America. He then became President of one of Corning Glass' divisions, Enseco, Inc., in 1992 at age 49. Kaiser currently serves on the board of directors of several major corporations, including Sunoco, and owns a Lexus dealership in Memphis, Tennessee. He splits his time between Denver and Memphis.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - James Kaiser recalls his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - James Kaiser details his mother's blood ties to Thomas Jefferson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - James Kaiser remembers growing up in the white community of Clayton, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - James Kaiser talks about his mother's skin color and racial identity
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - James Kaiser recounts his family's friendship with civil rights leader Roy Wilkins
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - James Kaiser recalls the values he learned in his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - James Kaiser clarifies information about his family's Indian heritage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - James Kaiser recalls his parents' separation and moving to Los Angeles
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - James Kaiser recalls his brother's disappointment in his father's absence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - James Kaiser remembers his childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - James Kaiser describes his academic abilities and his brother's military service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - James Kaiser recalls his high school family life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - James Kaiser explains his decision to attend UCLA
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - James Kaiser recalls his experiences at the University of California at Los Angeles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - James Kaiser discusses discipline and his experiences with the Navy ROTC drill team
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - James Kaiser recounts his military career after graduating from UCLA
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - James Kaiser details his tour of duty with the Navy during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - James Kaiser remembers his early career at Corning Incorporated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - James Kaiser recalls his mother's remarriage and his career transfer to Corning, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - James Kaiser remembers his acceptance to the Sloan Fellows Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - James Kaiser details his career at Corning and racial discrimination in promotions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - James Kaiser talks about the success of Enesco, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - James Kaiser recalls entering the automobile dealership business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - James Kaiser talks about giving back to the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - James Kaiser comments on the success of African Americans in the corporate world
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - James Kaiser shares advice to African Americans trying to enter the corporate world
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - James Kaiser reflects on his wife and daughter's careers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - James Kaiser lists the corporate boards on which he served
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - James Kaiser comments on what it means to be an African American "first"
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - James Kaiser recalls the beginnings of corporate diversity at Corning Incorporated
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - James Kaiser reflects on his career and his hopes for the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - James Kaiser relates how the African American community can come together