James E. Forrest currently serves as Chairman of Shore Capital, a Chicago-based private equity group focused on health care services, where he serves on the boards of ClearPath Diagnostics, The Stepping Stones Group, Southern Veterinary Partners, Chicagoland Smile Group, Innovia Medical, Specialdocs, Navia Benefit Solutions, and Community Care Partners. During his more than 25 years in venture capital and private equity Jim has served on more than 30 Boards of Directors of private companies ranging from start-ups to companies with revenues approaching $1 billion.
Jim was recently honored by his election to the Board of Overseer of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Hoover is one of the nation’s preeminent public policy research institutions, where it seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity through free market principles and limited government, while securing and safeguarding peace for America and all mankind. Current Fellows include such notable intellectuals as Condoleezza Rice, George Schultz, Henry Kissinger, Shelby Steele, John Taylor, Ed Lazear, Gen. Jim Mattis, Thomas Sowell, and Richard Epstein; alumni include Milton Friedman, Gary Becker, and Fouad Ajami.
Previously, Jim spent 20 years as a Managing Director of Wind Point Partners, a private equity firm in Chicago, Illinois, where he focused on investments in industrial manufacturing, business to business services, health care, and the software and electronics industries. He was also frequently involved in managing troubled portfolio companies, having served as interim CEO of a variety of Wind Point’s investments. Prior to joining Wind Point Partners in 1988, Jim was with Gould, Incorporated, Chicago, Illinois, a diversified industrial company where he ran a number of international businesses during his 14 years with the Company.
Jim earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from Michigan State University in 1971, and received his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1975. He and his wife, Alice, met at Michigan State University in 1968, and have been married for over 40 years.
Jim and Alice currently reside in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois, and maintain a vacation home in Mexico.