James Binch ’66, Trustee

After graduating from Trinity College School in 1966, Jim attended Princeton University, where he obtained his degree in engineering science and played on Princeton’s varsity ice hockey team. He then went on to obtain his M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Jim’s professional career began in the general management consulting business in New York. After seven years of constant travel, Jim joined Champion International, the major U.S. paper and wood products producer, and owner of Weldwood of Canada, where he became vice president, planning, of their wood products operations. In 1981 he joined Combustion Engineering, a major industrial manufacturing firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, as its first corporate vice president for strategic development. Two years later, he became president and chief operating officer of CE’s process engineering operations. In late 1987 he formed his own privately held merchant banking operation, named Trinity Capital Corporation.

In 1992 Jim joined one of Trinity’s holdings, Memry Corporation, where he remained for the next 14 years, building this start-up technology company into one of the leading medical device component manufacturers in the U.S. He retired from Memry in January 2006, and in February 2007 became a managing director and senior operating partner with Lincolnshire Management, Inc., a leading private equity firm headquartered in New York City. In July of 2020, Jim became a senior advisor to Lincolnshire Management, while also becoming CEO of Q-Tran Inc., an architectural LED lighting manufacturing company based in Milford, CT.

Jim started his post-graduation involvement with TCS in 1974 when he became an officer of the TCS Fund Inc., the School’s American fundraising arm, which he later led for a decade. Jim became head of the investment committee of the TCS Board of Governors in 1991. In 2000 Jim was elected vice-chair of the TCS board. Jim was an initial member of the TCS board’s governance committee until 2015. Today, Jim sits on both the governance and investment committees of the TCS Foundation.

In his spare time, Jim served as Commodore of the Cruising Club of America from 2016 to 2018, races bi-annually to Bermuda aboard his new 38-foot sailboat, plays every game he can think of, and joins his wife Suzie for terrific trips around the world, the latter clearly on hold until the COVID-19 pandemic is solved!