Alpharetta, GA—Peleman Industries USA announced that James “Jim” Ghio, 71, passed away at his home in Fairhope, Alabama, on April 17, after a brief illness. Ghio was the first and current president of photo and office supply manufacturer Peleman Industries USA.
Moreover, he was instrumental in bringing Peleman Industries’ U.S. office to Alpharetta, Georgia, in 1998. Ghio was also one of the most recognized faces of Unibind, the brand he helped make a fast-growing success.
“The legacy of Jim Ghio is the higher sense of purpose he inspired in generations of Peleman employees,” said CEO Brigitte Peleman-Vantieghem. “Jim sought always to understand customers’ needs. His approach to doing business, with such generosity of spirit, has had tremendous impact on his wide circle of customers and peers at Peleman Industries.”
Guido Peleman, chairman and CEO of Peleman Industries Worldwide, added: “Jim Ghio was driven to do good, and he could have done that anywhere in the world. The people of Peleman Industries are lucky that he chose to do it with them; and I thank Jim that we were friends.” James “Jim” Ghio graduated from Loyola University, New Orleans, and thereafter began a career as a commodity broker with the former Prudential Bache. Furthermore, he became one of the company’s youngest vice presidents of commodity trading. Ghio also held positions at Bowman Industries. Moreover, for a period of time he was the owner of a Post Net franchise in Fairhope, Alabama.
In 1991, Ghio opened his office and photo supply distribution firm, carrying Unibind products. It was then that he and Guido Peleman forged a deep friendship. That bond would lead Ghio to become a part of the Peleman family.
Ghio is survived by his wife, son, daughter-in-law, two grandchildren as well as four siblings. The family has asked that a charitable donation be made in Jim Ghio’s name to:
· Habitat for Humanity, 270 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 1300, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
· The Humane Society of the U.S., 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037. Mark it as a “memorial donation” in the name of Jim Ghio.
·A charity of choice.