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.
Permanent, full time 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.