Jim Spellos is passionate about what he does. Educator. Geek
(just ask him...he loves his Way Cool Tools). Musician.
Food & wine lover (thanks, Dad, for teaching me to love port at an
started his business career as a meeting planner, spending nearly 20 years
running conferences for scientific, medical and corporate
organizations. Jim was President of the Greater
New York Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, as well as
being awarded their Meeting Planner of the Year award in the early
90's. Spending years on the road running meetings up to 10,000
people large gave him a great opportunity to meet lots of great people, as
well as sample the wonderful foods served in the different
this time, he also became a geek (not sure when it officially happened,
but having a PC put on his desktop by his boss in 1982, and being told to
learn it could have had an impact). During his time as a meeting
planner, he began teaching technology applications in the late 80's.
In 1990, he was asked to join the continuing education faculty at New York
University. In 2002, he also joined the undergraduate faculty,
teaching hospitality and technology applications at the school.
this time, he started playing guitar, and spent 5 years as lead guitarist
for New York City based Bruce Springsteen tribute band, Local
Heroes. In 2001, he formed a new band, Contraband.
Self proclaimed as the "world's first non-profit rock and roll
band", they have been playing together since then...occasionally
playing live gigs in New York. As of late 2006, they are getting
ready to go into the studio to release their first CD - all original
material written by Jim (and bass player/artist/lyricist Mark
Jim lives with his best friend and
wife of 20 years, Marjorie in New York. How's she's put up with him
over the years, he's still not sure.