Private Equity Executive James Quandt to give Graduate Commencement Address at Saint Mary's
James R. Quandt, a nationally recognized business leader whose business acumen was formed at Saint Mary's College of California, will return to his alma mater to address graduate students at the College's 2014 Graduate and Professional Programs commencement ceremony.
The co-founder and managing partner of the California private equity firm Thomas James Capital, Quandt will address more than 550 graduate students who will receive their diplomas on Sunday, May 25, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the SMC Stadium.
"James Quandt is not only a dynamic individual whose business leadership is recognized across the nation, he is a true gentleman and a longtime supporter of the College," said Saint Mary's President James Donahue. "He understands the concerns of students in our graduate and professional programs and the realities and potential opportunities that await them in our interconnected global world. I look forward to the sage advice he'll provide to our students."
Quandt's ties to the College run deep. He graduated from Saint Mary's in 1971, and has served on the College's Board of Regents and Trustees for 16 years, including serving as the trustee board chair for two years. The Saint Mary's alumnus said he looks forward to delivering the commencement address at this year's graduate ceremony.
"I strongly believe in the College's mission and its commitment to improving our society through impactful educational offerings, especially at the graduate level," said Quandt. "Students in graduate programs are motivated, are grounded in the real world and want to advance their education and careers, while also making a difference in their communities. Those aspirations resonate with me and I look forward to addressing the College's graduate and professional program students."
Quandt holds more than three decades of senior management experience. In his capacity at Thomas James Capital, he has directed the entrepreneurial growth of the firm since its inception and continues to lead its current strategic direction. Additionally, Quandt has directed more than $300 million of investment capital in internet marketing and social media concerns and high-growth residential redevelopment opportunities; which have resulted in the firm's emergence as a leader in Southern California real estate investing.
Quandt's senior management experience includes executive leadership in several major corporations. He previously served as president of Standard and Poor's Corporation, as chairman of Bridge Financial Information and president of Security Pacific Brokerage, Inc.
Additionally, Quandt has served on a number of public and private company boards. Currently he serves as chairman of the Board for Demand Media Incorporated and The FRS Company and has served on boards for The Brain Corporation, Intermix Media/MySpace and Blue Label Interactive. He is a former member of the New York Stock Exchange and is the former president of the Pacific Club of Newport Beach.
Quandt is a graduate of the Managerial Policy Institute at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, and received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Saint Mary’s.