S: Jim Starr Coca-Cola Company
1: Jim, It's with mixed emotions I write this. On one hand, I'm so happy for you and Kathy and the new chapter of your life this represents. But on the other hand, I'm saddened I will not see you to share laughs, wine and great conversation! You will be truly missed my friend! I wish you all the best and hope we cross paths again... Love, Penny Sending hugs and smiles your way!
2: "Here's to the corkscrew - a useful key to unlock the storehouse of wit, the treasury of laughter, the front door of fellowship, and the gate of pleasant folly." W.E.P.
3: Dear Jim, Congratulations on a great career. I must tell you that I'm honored to have worked with you and more importantly learned from you. I cannot thank you enough for the wisdom and knowledge you have bestowed upon me both professionally and personally. Even better is the fact that Ruth and I gained the friendship of you and Kathie. We wish you both the best in retirement and look forward to sharing future travels and adventures! With Much Love, Pablo and Ruth Martinez
4: James ' Chicago' Starr . . It has been an absolute privilege to get to know you over the past 14 years. I remember my first CDT meeting with the Midwest. . . . our team building activity was bowling and I was assigned to your team. Little did I know that would begin a long-lasting friendship. (Thank goodness team building now usually = wine tasting! I respect you immensely. Your knowledge, integrity and values are to be admired. It is people like you that make the Minute Maid family special. Ken and I hope that you and Kathie enjoy this next chapter in your lives. You deserve much rest, relaxation and happiness. You will be missed!! Jale Barker
5: New Orleans 2005
6: Starrman, Let me say I feel very privileged and honored to have had the opportunity to work with you! Unfortunately one of my few regrets is that we did not have more time together. To be totally honest I was a little apprehensive at first when I heard you were coming East. A certain BPPCO check-in “incident” from many years ago was weighing on my mind! What I found was totally different. Your passion, your attention to detail (submitting RE’s down to the individual case) and your desire to do it all the “right way” (remember driving to the staff meeting in Columbia!) was absolutely amazing! To top it off was your concern for others. You continued to want to play a major role in the development of Marianne even when she reported to someone else. In today’s world where most people only care about themselves and are always looking for short cuts we could use more Jim Starr’s. Of course it comes as no surprise you applied your passion to other pursuits such as running marathons (I will never get that one) and wines (I definitely understand that). In retirement you will have the opportunity to pursue even more interests and I wish you nothing but the best. I for one will miss you very much! BJ PS: I might even lace up a pair of running shoes if that means we can spend another weekend together!
8: James, Congratulations on your retirement, I am so happy for you. From the old planner days through today you’ve been an inspiration to me and always very supportive, I appreciate it. Jennifer and I both wish you only the best as you start the best part of your journey. Try to keep it to one bottle per night. Regards, Tony and Jennifer Beneventi
9: Jim, It has been a true honor to get to know you and work with you. The depth of your knowledge and generous way of sharing this wisdom will be missed. I will always remember with fondness our work on the Aquarius tour bus. Have a great time savoring the wines of the world! To a great homey! - Lynne Moser
10: Starrdom: I remember the first time I met you, you were drinking wine...the room was spinning. (Not to confuse you for any other day it was at the Nat'l meeting in Nashville) It has been such a joy and privilege to work with you. Hope you and Kathie enjoy the next steps in your lives. I am sure you will, especially when you get to NAPA. Keep me posted on all the wonderful vacations - should you visit MN - I expect a call. I miss you already (the M&M container misses you as well) Love ya, Lorna
11: Jim, You're the man! Thanks so much for the guidance you provided me in my new gig on the Juice side. Enjoy the next chapter, you've earned it! Best Wishes, Derek Roe
12: Mr. Starr, You're an absolute inspiration. Your knowledge and experience are priceless and I admire you tremendously. Getting to know you both personally and professionally was a privilege I'm truly thankful for. I appreciate your willingness to teach and thank you for all I learned in our time working together. I look back fondly on the times we've shared and look forward with excitement on times to come, I'm proud to call Jim Starr my friend. I wish you the best and know you will make the most of your retirement years. Cheers Jim. Jeremy Prussia
13: Jim, Working with you was an absolute privilege. I enjoyed our phone conversations, and getting to know you as a person, rather than just a colleague. You are very wise, and I learned so much from you. Twins Rock! Mandi
14: Jim, I scarcely know where to begin...from Category Reviews and changing door locks to marathons and exploding electrical transformers, we've covered a lot of interesting territory. I'm so thankful that our paths crossed at Minute Maid/Coca-Cola/whatever you guys are calling yourselves these days, and that we have continued our friendship over the years. Congratulations on your retirement; may your wine glass always be full, and your chickens plentiful! Nikki Sue (aka Nicole Schulte)
16: Jim .... It was a pleasure to know you and work with you during your fantastic career at Coca-Cola Foods/Minute Maid/Coca-Cola/CCE/Coca-Cola North America/Coca-Coca Refreshments. Wishing you nothing but the best .... and may your glass never run empty. Best Wishes Jim Curl
17: Jim, I enjoyed getting to know you both on a professional as well as a personal level. From work to wine tasting to the marathon it was all good. Good luck on whatever you decide to do next! Jim Connell
20: Jim, Best of luck in your new stage of life. Albeit brief, I've enjoyed knowing you and hearing some of your war stories. Enjoy California. Fair winds and following seas.... tom Z
21: Jim, May there be a whole new kind of life ahead of you, full of lots of wonderful experiences just waiting to happen. Some call it "retirement" — but you, of course, will experience it as bliss. All the best, Jennifer Lesch
22: Congratulations Jim on your retirement from Coca-Cola. I remember like it was yesterday attending my first Minute Maid sales meeting back in early 1997 and you were recognized for 20 years with the company. Its hard to believe its now been 34! I’m glad I had a chance to be on the same great Minute Maid team with you all this time. Enjoy the next stage of your life and if your travels take you to Florida, please be sure to call and we’ll go play 18! George
24: Congratulation to you (and Kathie) on beginning the stage of your lives. Our company has greatly benefited from your dedication, class and leadership. Best of luck on your travels and savoring the taste of your passion (what ever color or vintage). Kathy and Brad Brinkopf
25: Jim it has been an honor to work with you. You are one amazing individual. Your industry knowledge and incredible selling skill are inspiring... and a gentleman to boot. I always looked forward to spending time with you at our meetings. I will truly miss you. It just wont be the same without you. There is a big hole in my heart. But... I am very excited and jealous of your next adventures. Please stay in touch. Miss you already, Donna!
26: Congratulations, Jim! I'm so happy for you to begin the next chapter of your life. I know there's a bunch of travel and great wine in your future! Savor every minute of it - you've earned it. Love, Diane Coon
28: Jim, It has been a pleasure working with you over the past few years. Congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful retirement filled with lots of exciting travels and great wine! Traci Allbritton
30: Jim I am so happy that the time is here that you & Kathy can finally settle back and enjoy a slower pace. I so fondly remember our friendship in the business for the last 30+ years, and could not ever think of better folks to be privileged to share my career with. Here's to you SIr James! Napa Valley is waiting. Send me your address!! Your friend Dave Kroll
31: Jim, I want to thank you for being a wonderful part of my experience at Coca-Cola and Minute Maid. I always appreciated our discussions about work. I mainly enjoyed our discussions about life outside of work. I am not sure I would be running if I did not know you...I wish you the best... Keep running David
32: "Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance". - Benjamin Franklin | "Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved." - Medieval German saying | Jim, It has been a pleasure getting to know you this past year. Such a short tenure and yet I will miss you dearly . . . I think the perfect project for your retirement is to figure out how to make wine from oranges! ENJOY! - Karen Sullivan | The Sullivans | Jim & Kathie Always Welcome!
33: Congratulations Jim.. It seems like only a blink of an eye since we first met in the “new” offices on St. James Place in December of 1985. Since then, we have worked for six companies: The Coca-Cola Company Foods Division, Coca-Cola Foods, The Minute Maid Company, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Coca-Cola North America, and now, Coca-Cola Refreshments. I enjoyed working with you the years that we were managing (or at least attempting to manage) the Albertsons business. You didn’t always agree with what we were doing in Boise, but you were always professional and a gentleman and did everything possible to execute the programs. For twenty-five years, I’ve considered you one of my best friends in the Company. At every sales meeting, you were one of the first people that I searched out. You have a great reputation that comes from hard work, talent and integrity. Your contributions to the business will be missed.but most of all, the person we know as Jim Starr will be missed by all of us that have been blessed to know you. Jim.best of luck as you begin this new chapter in your life. Those of us you’re leaving behind will do everything possible to keep the stock price moving in the right direction..just for you! ..all the best. craig
34: Jim, It has been my honor to work with you for the last 15 years. I am so happy for you and Kathi and hope that you enjoy this next phase of your life. Kathy Bogowith
37: Jim, Since day one of on-boarding through your final year with the company, It's been one great ride! There have been so many fond memories: the Baldwin Brothers, up all night, the Wrath of Five, falling off the curb, the running events, and of course all the lessons in Oenology. You have been a great mentor, colleague, but most important friend. Unlike many others, your entering enter the next chapter of your life on top of your game! Cheers! Scot
39: Jim, Congratulations on your incredible 34 year journey at The Coca Cola Company. I am thankful that I got to work alongside you for thirteen of those years. I will truly miss your counsel and competitive spirit. I am also looking forward to our next trip . Linda and I have thoroughly enjoyed our adventures with the Starr's. Alan & Linda Posey