EARLY LIFE


EARLY LIFE

Jim Kennedy was born in Boston Massachusetts to James and Mary Kennedy (married 47 years until Mary passed in 2016).

Jim's father served in the Air Force in Vietnam. After leaving the Air Force with a rank of Sergeant, he began teaching electronics, before joining General Dynamics as a systems engineer.

Mary was a homemaker, a beloved wife and mother. Around the time her children finished elementary school, she went back to college, earning a degree in education. She worked as a teacher and then as a systems administrator, before retiring to Florida.


 

THE CALL OF DUTY.

THE CALL OF DUTY.


Jim joined the Navy at 17. He went to boot camp in Orlando and then on to Navy tech schools. He was eventually stationed at Jacksonville Naval Air Station as an Aviation Electricians Mate.

During Jim's time at NAS Jax, he was also deployed to Sicily and Turkey with VP-16, the base's squadron tasked with supporting conflicts using reconnaissance aircraft.

Thanks to the GI Bill, Jim was able to return to college as a part time student while still serving in the Navy Reserves. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, he went on to pursue his MBA from Harvard University


 

AFTER GRADUATION.

AFTER GRADUATION.


Jim has worked as an engineer, designing systems for the Future Force Warrior - an advanced technology demonstration project that was part of the Future Combat Systems project - as well as other autonomous systems for the Navy.

Next, Jim moved to North Carolina where he spent several years designing boats for Hatteras Yachts prior to working for nearly a decade in the power utilities industry. It was around that time when Jim realized he wanted to get back to Florida.

Embracing another career shift, he returned to Central Florida. Jim designed boats for Ocean Alexander and Sea Ray before being hired by the Space Center as an Engineer/Scientist.


 

A FAMILY MAN.

A FAMILY MAN.


Jim is married with five-year-old fraternal twins, James and Genevieve. His wife Stacey is a dedicated nurse.

Jim and Stacey have been together for almost eleven years and are proud to call the Space Coast home.


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