Hall of Fame 2015

Jim Stritzinger

Jim Stritzinger currently serves as the Executive Director of Connect South Carolina, a non-profit that delivers broadband strategic planning and provides South Carolina’s only comprehensive broadband map. In addition to being a community leader and mentor, he is a successful technology entrepreneur with extensive experience in software development.

Stritzinger received his BS in Electrical Engineering from NC State University in 1986. While at NC State, Stritzinger spent several years at IBM and a summer with Schlumberger Offshore Services. His career path began at General Electric and continued to his family’s computer store, The Data Place, before launching a software company in 1990. Stritzinger’s company, ClearView Software, was acquired by Solomon Software in 1998 and later became part of Microsoft. In more recent years, he formed South Carolina’s private equity organization, SC Launch, directed the construction of a private data center, and has worked with a number of non-profits including FIRST Robotics and IT-oLogy. Because of his background of successful leadership, Stritzinger was selected to join the inaugural class of the prestigious Liberty Fellowship and become a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Stritzinger and his Wolfpack wife Laura (’85) live in Columbia, SC. They have three daughters. He is a competitive golfer, runner and triathlete, having completed Ironman 70.3 Miami in 2015.

The best advice I can share came from two legends. Author and former General Electric Vice-Chair Larry Bossidy told me to “Be humble” early in my career. In addition, I’ll never forget Jim Valvano imploring all of us to “Don’t give up … Don’t ever give up!