JIM VAN WINKLE

Jim Van Winkle is a recent Newport arrival, having spent most of his life in Austin, Texas, where he earned a BS in Marine Biology and an MBA.  His career in the technology industry led him to found and manage Kazan Software, an early contributor to many of the Internet’s foundational platforms. Next, Jim founded and led Travis Yachts, an operator of two large luxury charter catamarans. A lifelong sailor, Jim has crossed oceans, weathered hurricanes, swum with hammerheads, danced with cannibals and delivered hundreds of successful charters to thousands of amazing guests. With his family, Jim’s non-profit activities over the last 30+ years are extensive.  His financial and managerial contributions have launched and fostered numerous charitable efforts to support children’s education, nutrition, healthcare and arts exposure.