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Jim Young




Jim Young serves as Chairman of The Margate Group. As a coach, consultant and speaker, Jim’s focus is on business and individual effectiveness and improvement and his areas of expertise include change, creativity, technology and leadership. He is a past member of the National Speakers Association. In 1999, he retired from EDS after a thirty-four year career at that company. He recently completed ten years service as Chairman of Teleportec, a leader in human-centered distance communication. After five years with IBM, Young joined EDS in 1965 as a systems engineer — and the company’s 40th employee. During his tenure, he worked in sales and marketing, managed corporate communications, managed strategic planning, and led numerous special projects for the corporation. He spent more than twelve years as executive assistant to the chairman of EDS. Young earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Mississippi State University in 1960 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Central Michigan University in 1998. He and his wife, Carole, have two grown children, Kelly and Jim Jr. Civic Involvement Jim Young serves or has served on the boards, advisory councils, and/or executive committees of more than twenty organizations including: • Presidents’ Circle of the National Academies • Thunderbird School of Global Management • Edwin L. Cox School of Business, SMU • School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas • KIPP Dallas/Fort Worth • The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth • MediSend International • USO World Board of Governors • SMU Athletic Forum • Brinker International Forum of the Dallas Center for Performing Arts Jim has served as Chairman of: • UT Southwestern Medical Center President’s Research Council • Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation • The Dallas Friday Group Jim was co-founder of TEDxKids @ SMU and TEDxSMU, held annually since October 2009.