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Brother Jim Kane ’82 admits that his time in Pennsylvania Delta Chapter certainly made his four years at UPenn more fun, but, in fact, it was so much more than that. Being a SigEp brother also helped prepare him to become the Chairman, President and CEO of a company that serves customers worldwide. 

We recently sat down with Jim for a  brief Q&A about his time in the chapter and what he’s been up to since:

Q: Why did you join SigEp UPenn in the first place? 

A: I joined for the fellowship and camaraderie. It certainly made my four years at Penn a lot more fun.

Q: What’s your favorite memory from your time in the chapter?  

A: I'll never forget the night we saw a pair of red socks in a bedroom across the alley, which we believed were on Tom Riordan ’82's feet! 

Q: Do you still keep in touch with any of your brothers? 

A: Yes...occasionally, but not as much as I should.

Q: Tell us about the company you work for. 

A: I'm the Chairman, President and CEO of Pittsburgh Corning, a 79-year-old manufacturer of glass building materials, which was established as an equity affiliate of Corning and PPG and now owned by an Asbestos Trust. We serve building and industrial customers worldwide and have major operations in the U.S., Europe and China.

Q: How did your time in SigEp help to prepare you for that role?

A: Certainly learning from and living with people from diverse backgrounds was very helpful.

Q: What have you been up to since graduation? 

A: I've been married for 30 years to Debbie, raised two great kids, lived all over the country and travelled the world.

Q: What would you say is your biggest accomplishment? 

A: On a personal level, being a good husband and father.  Professionally, it would be establishing a very profitable, wholly-owned foreign enterprise (WOFE) in China.

Q: What advice would you give to future generations of SigEp members? 

A: You grow (and learn) the most when you're stretching beyond what you've already done.