James E. Fuchs
James E. Fuchs is the President of the Silver Shield Foundation and has also served as Chairman and Executive Director since its inception in 1982. The Foundation is an organization founded by George M. Steinbrenner, III to give financial assistance towards the education and support of children and widows of New York City Police Officers and Firefighters; New York/New Jersey Port Authority Police Officers; State Troopers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as other law enforcement officers within a 75-mile radius of New York City who are killed in the line of duty.
Mr. Fuchs is chairman and Co-Chief Executive of the Cosamar Group Inc., a corporation structured to utilize its marketing, sales, finance and manufacturing expertise for various corporate ventures. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Grenfox Group Inc., a company involved in the development and production of environmentally friendly inks and related coating products. He was senior advisor to the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy.
Mr. Fuchs’ prior business experience includes Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fuchs, Cuthrell & Co., Inc. an international human resource consulting firm, specializing in corporate executive outplacement, post-career planning and executive consulting from 1971-1994. He was one of the pioneers in the field. Mr. Fuchs also held executive positions with the National Broadcasting Company; was Vice President of Curtis Publishing Company; Senior Vice President of the Mutual Broadcasting Company and President of Mutual Sports, Inc. While President, he negotiated the exclusive rights to the Notre Dame Football games which is still in effect. He was also the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Culligan Communications, Inc.
Mr. Fuchs is a Yale graduate, a medalist in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics, and a gold medalist in the shot put and discus in the first Pan American Games in 1951, where he was selected to carry the American Flag during the opening ceremonies. He is a former world record holder in the indoor and outdoor shot put and was listed in the “Guinness Book of Track and Field Facts” for having won 88 consecutive shot put competitions, a record at the time and still second in history for male athletes. Mr. Fuchs is credited with developing the principles and techniques which are the basis of the traditional glide shot put techniques. He was the NCAA, IC4A, AAU champion and record holder both in the indoor and outdoor shot put. At one point, he held the world record in the 8, 12 and 16 pound shot put. He is an inductee in the New York Athletic Club Hall of Fame. He was an Olympic Torch bearer for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. He was the honoree at the 1st Annual Yale Track and Field Dinner in 2006. His Chicago high school achievements include the 100 and 220 yard sprint titles as well as the Illinois State 100 yard dash championship. He played varsity football as a running back in high school and at Yale. He is an inductee of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.
Mr. Fuchs, in addition to his involvement in various associations, has continued his interest in sports and civic organizations, which is reflected by his past activities as a member of the U.S. Olympic Overview Commission, the United States Information Agency as Vice Chairman of their International Sports Committee, the Yale Athletic Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of the Madison Square Garden Boys and Girls Club, a member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, the Mayor’s Committee for Youth for the City of New York, the National Art Museum of Sports, the People to People Sports Committee, the U.S. Olympic Board of Directors, and the Sports, Science and Technology Committee. He was on the International Relations Committee of the USOC, and was on the Board of the New York City 2012 Olympic Bid Committee.
He is a member of the Saint Elmo Society, the Racquet and Tennis Club of New York and the Deepdale Golf Club. Mr. Fuchs resides in New York City and Washington, Connecticut. He is the father of five daughters and two sons.