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Jim Whittaker

Jim Whittaker , internationally renowned mountaineer, adventurer, and environmentalist, is best known as the first American to summit Mt. Everest, on May 1, 1963. A visionary business leader, Jim was the first full-time employee of one of the country's largest outdoor retailers, Recreational Equipment, Inc.-REI-retiring as its President and CEO after twenty-five years with the company. Jim is a talented and inspirational public speaker who has given presentations to hundreds of corporations...See more