Jim’s Profile


  • St. Mary’s Elementary School, Avon
  • St. Edward High School, Lakewood
  • Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Public Communication, Journalism
  • Northwestern University, Kellogg Management School, Publication Management

Work Experience:

  • First job: Forthofer’s Garden Center, Avon (corn picker, hole digger, tractor driver, truck unloader, lawn mower, delivery man.)
  • Donn Products, Westlake

35 years as a national magazine publisher (retired)

Publisher of:

  • ARCHI-TECH magazine
  • FORGING magazine
  • Welding Design & Fabrication magazine
  • American Machinist magazine


  • Fiancé; Sue Martin Cieslak, retired 35 year Vermilion teacher
  • Daughter; Emily Forthofer, Special Ed Teacher, Bay Village, High School
  • Daughter; Gwen Forthofer, Retail Cashier, Wal-Mart, Strongsville
  • Brother; Ted Forthofer, President, Moves Made Easier, North Ridgeville

Community Involvement:

  • St. Mary’s Parish, Vermilion
  • Vermilion Rotary
  • Main Street Vermilion
  • Vermilion Fish and Game Club
  • National Rifle Association
  • Magazine Publishers Association
  • Special Olympics (Patron)
  • American Red Cross (Multi Gallon Donor)