Partnerships are important to Jim Schulte and help define some of his five favorite things. The Omahan, who calls himself a serial entrepreneur, grew up in Norfolk, Neb., graduated from Creighton University and attended graduate school at St. John University in New York. He worked at ConAgra for 22 years, retiring as head of its IT Department, but since then he has been in the business of helping others achieve their goals. “There's nothing better than seeing someone live out their dreams,” he said.
Schulte said his first and most important partnership is his marriage to Jane. Right behind her are their five children: sons Phil, Michael and Alex; and twin daughters Kate and Ann. He is invested in helping all of them find the right path for their future.
Schulte is the founder and president of the organization that was started to encourage young people not to fear science and math but to be excited about them, and to help them become the engineers and scientists of the future through competitive robotics competitions. He partners with leaders of science, physics, education and business, and has helped line up about 200 volunteers for the competitions. The program has grown to 221 teams registered from Nebraska and Iowa. The national robotics event will be held at the Ralston Arena in early March.
Schulte has been involved with a group of nursing homes, the Great Plains Polymer Co. and a technology company in San Diego, to name a few. His most recent partnership is with friend Jeff Daley in Ragazzi's Pizza, 72nd and Q Streets.
“I always wanted to be king,” Schulte said. “But I'd make a bad king. I'm good at supporting. But I'm not a silent partner.” He said he's not shy about contributing advice as well as capital.
Lucy, a mixed breed, is part of his family.
A Tesla is something Schulte doesn't have yet but will soon. He made a reservation to buy one of these all-electric sports sedans (they get almost 300 miles per charge) two years ago, and is expecting delivery any day now. He also has a 1984 Mercedes that one of his daughters talked him into buying in a creative partnership. The car burns vegetable oil.
— Staff writer Carol Bicak