Jim Hornthal: Parallel entrepreneur, angel investor, philanthropist, & entrepreneurship educator

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My Native Admission Statement: I grew up in a suburb of Chicago in a room covered in black-light posters. In addition to classic images of Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and The Beatles, there was a poster with a quote that was originally said by George Bernard Shaw, but popularized later by Robert Kennedy, which became my life motto;

‘Some men see things as they are and say, why?

I dream things that never were and say, why not?’

My motivation has always been about innovation and has guided my personal, professional and political life since I was a child. It fueled my entrepreneurial tendencies, even at an early age, where I was constantly creating new ventures in my grammar school, high school, and college. Creating uncommon things and helping others to fulfill their inspiration drives me daily. I fall in love with individuals with a passion for what they do, and as an active angel investor, I have supported scores of entrepreneurs and artists in pursuit of their dreams.”

Biggest Success?:

Creating new channels for communication between business leaders across known areas of conflict. The Peace Action Network within YPO (Young Presidents Organization) has helped cultivate constructive dialog, hundreds of collaborative investments, and helped create millions of new jobs in the Middle East.

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