James D. Aipperspach, 1970, Businessman, Community Servant, BeTrue Capital Campaign Committee Member
James D (Jim) Aipperspach is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. While an undergraduate, Jim joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and was elected president of the Blue Key Honor Society. Dan Heintzman '70, a friend of Jim and fellow ND Beta Hall of Fame inductee, said, "Jim has a true passion for SAE. His good will is constantly displayed by his involvement with and contributions to his fraternity, alma mater and community. He is a man of his word; when he starts a job, refinishes it, evidenced by his commitment to ND Beta." Jim is currently a Senior Advisor at Bearence Management Group, a firm he joined upon retirement for the Great Ape Trust, a scientific research facility where he served as Director of Operations. Prior to Great Ape, Jim served as president at the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, and before that he was president of the United Way of Central Iowa.
For 18 years the Bismarck native worked in the telecommunications industry with Northwestern Bell Telephone and US West, serving as vice president and CEO for US West operation in Iowa. Jim also served his country as a Lieutenant (Junior Grade) in the Unites States Navy from 1971 to 1974. As a community leader, Jim currently serves on the board of the Iowa College Foundation, the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-Iowas Council, and the Character Counts in Iowas board alongside active volunteer involvement with and contributions to SAE's Be True Capital Campaign. Jim is past president of the West Des Moines Community School Board, former president of the Greater Des Moines Committee and former secretary treasurer of the Iowa Business Council. He has served on the board of directors for Mercy Hospital, Bankers Trust and the Iowa Telephone Association. Jim and his wife Rosie (Schaan) have two children, Ryan and David. he enjoys politics, running, playing golf, and watching college sports - especially Bison football and basketball.