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Jim Kempton

Advisor Orange County, California Area, US

Principal, JK Consulting Services, and President, California Surf Museum.

Principal, JK Consulting Services, and President, California Surf Museum.

7 vouches

Involved In


Surf Lagoons
Crispin Porter + Bogusky
Jose Cuervo
Surfing America


Principal JK Consulting Services, July 2011 - present
President California Surf Museum September 2004 - present
Media Marketing Director Billabong USA December 2003 - April 2011
Media & Marketing Director International Crossing Quiksilver 2002 - 2004
Global Marketing & Media Director for On-line action sports portal Hardcloud January 1999 - October 2002
International Marketing & Public Relations Design Plus 1994 - 1998
Publisher Transworld Business September 1989 - November 1993
Publisher & Editor Surfer Magazine October 1977 - September 1986


United States International University Journalism, International Business, Literature, 1969 - 1974

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Media
  • • Travel
  • • Social Impact
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Events
  • • Advertising
  • • Fashion
  • • Education
  • • Sports
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Higher Education
  • • Youth Leadership

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Paul Taublieb
We worked together  •  Director/Producer, TAUBLIEB Films and Producer/Director, TAUBLIEB Films.
Jim brings insight, thoughtfulness and deep understanding of media to his endeavors.
Paul Strauch
They're my friends  •  Executive Director, Surfing Heritage and Culture Center and Executive Director, Surfing Heritage and Culture Center.
Jim is conscienteous, very creative, project oriented.and organized.
Kent Stevens
They're my friends  •  Co-Founder, COVA. Previously Sales and Marketing, Sales/Marketing Professional.
Jim is a team builder and passionate marketer.
Jourdan Groves
We worked together  •  CEO, Surf Lagoons and Board of Directors, Uniworld.
Jim has a multitude of skills that can be applied in areas of marketing, media, creative writing, politics, promotions and overall business ... strategy. His experience spans decades of high profile career positions that has garnered a vast network of successful entrepreneurs and professionals. Jim is a very likeable and honest person so in my opinion, would be a fabulous and beneficial addition to your network.
Phil Jarratt
We worked together  •  Founder, Back Beach Noosa. Previously Director, Noosa Festival of Surfing.
Jim is an excellent communicator who brings energy, enthusiasm and innovation to every project he undertakes.
John K. Stroh
We worked together  •  .
Jim, Is a creative "C" level executive who has his finger on the pulse of the action sports apparel industry. He is an excellent team leader ... and a proven generator of marketing and sales momentum. He knows the surf wear industry and would be an excellent advisor to anyone looking to grow their sales and brand recognition.
Don Hamilton
I love starting things...building from an idea...and, mentoring (it is good for me also) as a way to lifelong friendships and learning!
The same thing that makes a person an entrepreneur... he can build an organization, keep it funded and build value...

Cyrus Sutton
We worked together  •  Emmy-Winning Director and Professional Surfer
Cyrus is a born entrepreneur, a self motivated, independent thinker with high standards, strong work ethic, open mind, and enormous enthusia ... sm. He's responsible, prolific, goal oriented and a pleasure to work with. I hired him to build film content and videos for Billabong while I was the Director of Media and he performed in every way requested. I'd back him or work with him anytime. And in the surf culture he is the real deal, an artist, businessman and core surfer. Highly recommended from me.

David Jackson
We worked together  •  Founding President & CEO, EverythingOceans, Inc.. Previously Financial Advisor | IAR | Retirement Planning | Annuities | Investments, VALIC.
David has a great spirit for envisioning future projects and knows how to find experts in the special fields of expertise he needs in each ... area of the business. he is resourceful and communicative. He looks at things analytically and doesn't let his emotions cloud his decisions.