Jim Hayes

Jim Hayes is the founder of the Detroit Homecoming, annual event initiated in 2014 designed to reach out to Detroit’s expatriates, reconnect them to the city of their youth and inspire them to take action supporting the work being done to revitalize this community. Previously, he enjoyed an eclectic career in a variety of fields: magazine publishing, education, international theatre, corporate management and the independent sector.

He joined Time Inc. in 1959 and over the next 23 years, held various executive positions in the New York and Detroit offices of Sports Illustrated. In 1982, he became advertising sales director of Money magazine and was named publisher of Discover in 1984. He was appointed publisher of Fortune magazine in 1986 and held that position until retiring in 1994.

From 2003 until 2008, Hayes was a member of the board of directors of Ashworth, Inc., a producer of golf-inspired leisure wear under the brand names of Ashworth and Calloway. Jim was also the founding chairman and CEO of The Colorado Festival of World Theatre. In 2001, he retired as president and CEO of Junior Achievement, Inc., a worldwide not-for-profit organization providing economic education to over four million students in over one hundred nations around the world.

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