James Adams Putnam’s professional career was as an international business executive. Today he serves on the governing boards of several non-profit and for-profit organizations. Jim has been a member of the Assembly of Overseers since 2009.
Jim studied theology and political science as an undergraduate at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. He served in Libya and Thailand as a Peace Corps volunteer. After earning a Master’s in Business Administration at UNH, he joined his family’s growing international business, MARKEM Corporation. Foreign assignments included 3 years in Brazil and 3 years in England before returning to the U.S. to manage the company’s worldwide business. Jim later became Chairman and Co-CEO with his brother. In 2007 the family sold the company to a larger firm. Jim recently served as Chair of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Cheshire Medical Center. He is currently a member of the board of an international manufacturing company, a private equity investment firm, a private foundation and the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies.
Jim and his wife, Judy, live in Keene, New Hampshire. They served together in the Peace Corps and overseas business postings. They have three children and six grandchildren.