Cleveland, Ohio

1964 - 2018


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entrepreneur, beverage industry pioneer and beloved husband of Heidi Hovland, and father to Lena (15) and Riordan (12), died Saturday, July 1, at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ after suffering a massive stroke. He was 53. Jim was born in Cleveland, OH, on November 7, 1964 to Marie...

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I was shocked and saddened to learn of Jim's passing. I knew Jim from Penn State. He was one of the good guys. Always a sweet soul, funny, kind, free spirt.... willing to do anything for anybody. Will remember his smile. Too too young.....My condolences to his family.

Julie Rendelman Spring

My mate Jim was truly "one of a kind" and "one of a find." I worked with Jim and many others in NYC for InBev USA, selling iconic brands such as Stella Artois, Leffe and Hoegaarden. Jim was a mover and shaker, a brilliant mind and entrepreneur and was always creatively thinking and acting on doing things better. Jim was also a superb net-worker - if you didn't know Jim, you were definitely missing out. Jim is a legend that will be sorely missed however never ever forgotten.