James L. Easton
Jim Easton worked in the family business (Jas. D. Easton, Inc.) from an early age and became Chief Executive Officer of the company in 1973. His father developed the aluminum arrow shaft in 1946 and with creative application of the cutting edge process, Easton moved new markets from wood and steel sports equipment to lightweight, high-strength, aluminum and carbon composite products—arrow shafts, ski poles, and baseball, softball, hockey and cycling equipment.
Easton served as chairman of Easton-Bell Sports after the 2006 merger of Easton Sports and Bell-Giro. He also served as chairman of Jas. D. Easton, Inc., the world’s largest archery equipment company—owner of Easton Technical Products, Hoyt and Delta Sports.
Easton is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (1959) where he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Easton is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Anderson School at UCLA, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Archery Association Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors of the LA84 Foundation.
Easton was president of the International Archery Federation (now known as World Archery) from 1989 to 2005. He was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1994, and in 2002, was elected as a member of the IOC Executive Board and one of the four Vice Presidents of the IOC. He is also a member of United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Board of Directors.