Jim Connelly, Chairman of the Board
of Davaray and National Keynote Speaker for the Napoleon Hill Foundation
"It's Not What Happens To You In
But What You Do About It That Matters."
Jim Connelly's career began as a young boy living in the
projects of a small factory town in Western Pennsylvania.
A street fighter with a bad attitude, Connelly negotiated with a judge to leave his
home town in lieu of being incarcerated.
With $100 in his pocket he talked a friend in driving him to California.
Applying for landing a job as a room clerk at the Regency Beverly Wilshire Hotel in
Beverly Hills, within 6 years, he had worked himself up to become the General Manager of this $100 million
property, a position he held for ten years.
Exploring other business opportunities, Connelly was invited
by the chairman of Shearson Lehman to join the Wall Street Investment Banking firm. He became the
first non-college graduate accepted into the firm's management program and graduated from the New
York Institute of Finance in the top ten percent of his class.
At the request of the President, Connelly facilitated Leadership Goal Setting for
the California Governor's Conference and the President's Committee for Employment of People with
Disabilities held at Stanford University.
He went on to start many successful businesses and is a consummate entrepreneur -
having lived his entire life "outside the box"..
Even with all his success, the accomplishment he is most proud of is the 25 year
journey to assist a young woman, who after a serious accident came back from the brink of death to
live independently today.
Lou Holtz says "When my bank asks about my assets, I start with Jim and
Jim, you made my induction into
the Hall of Fame possible.
Today Connelly is