A graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, Jim Southern embarked on a career in the Finance Departments of Fortune 500 companies such as PepsiCo, AT&T and NCR before becoming a self-employed entrepreneur. Having established and then sold several companies, he completed his career east of the Mississippi as Regional Sales Manager for an Ohio-based manufacturer. Darlene Biehn Southern attended Ohio University before joining her family business, starting at the bottom as a filing and data entry clerk. She held a number of positions throughout her career, including International Sourcing, Facility Manager, and General Manager of a company division, eventually holding the titles of Quality Manager of the family’s ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturing facility and Executive Vice President of the family company overall. Jim’s and Darlene’s proudest achievement is their son, who will be a sophomore at NAU in Flagstaff in 2013.
Permanent residents of Cave Creek, Arizona, moving to the mountains that rise at the Northern end of Phoenix was a long-time goal of Jim and Darlene and they marvel at the beauty of the area every day. When they aren’t busy making life easy for folks, Darlene and Jim enjoy hiking, Jeeping, geo-caching, and exploring the natural beauties of Arizona and the surrounding states.
Cali, an 11 year old Pugador, enjoys brief hikes, but would mostly rather sleep, eat, and be adored. She especially likes sitting on the patio and surveying her Queendom.