Biography

James W. Harpel is a general partner of two private equity firms:  (a) Senior Partner of Palm Beach Capital Partners, LLC, which invests in and builds small and medium sized companies and (b) is a founder and non-active General partner of  First Reserve Corp., which manages approximately $20 billion in the areas of energy and natural resources. He is involved in a number of other ventures, including as a director and large shareholder of Security First Corporation, a cyber-security and data management company.  He is also the Chairman and controlling stockholder of Beanstalk Networks, a mortgage software developer. In addition, Mr. Harpel is a director of Safariland, a substantial producer of safety accessories and equipment for the police and military markets.  Additionally, he is the Senior Partner of Two Roads Development Company, the current developer of a 51-story condominium tower in Miami.

For many years Mr. Harpel was the managing partner of Harpel Advisory Company and Century Capital Corporation, registered investment advisors and hedge fund managers.  Prior to that time, Mr. Harpel worked for investment banking firms and played a major operating role in the turnaround of an NYSE-listed manufacturing company.

Mr. Harpel has the following memberships and affiliations: International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Co-Chairman of inter-faculty working group on substance abuse and addiction, Harvard University; Director, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; Former Member (over 30 years), Visiting Committee, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Former Trustee and Board Member, Dana Farber Cancer Institute; and Former Chairman, Dean’s International Council, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago.

Mr. Harpel attended Harvard College (1959) and graduated from HBS in 1960 with high distinction.

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