Jim Feuerstein is one of the co-founders of the Lavaca & Friends Happy Hour, and he rarely misses the Thursday event.
Jim was born and raised in a small rural community in Wisconsin. He first left the state to attend college on the West Coast, but since then he’s moved fairly often. He’s lived in the San Francisco Bay area; Germany; Guanajuato, Mexico; Kansas City, Missouri; and in Northern New Jersey.
For fifteen years, Jim ran a small consulting and software firm, J. Feuerstein Systems, that did business throughout the US, in Canada, the UK and Australia. He sold that business in 1994 to a San Antonio company and relocated here as part of the deal. After putting in a few years with the new company, Jim left and took some time off. For a few years he spent most of his time doing work for non-profits — primarily the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where he chaired the Woodlawn Lake club and worked on projects for the BCGA’s Southwest Region, and The Salvation Army, where he served on the advisory board of the San Antonio organization.
Eight years ago, Jim joined with Jane Gennarelli, a former vice-president of his old company, to create a new software and consulting firm, Magellan’s Law. The company does business nationally.
Just three years ago, Jim and Jane added a third partner to the business. That’s Micky, pictured with Jim above, in a photo from Micky’s birthday party at the Acapulco Drive-in. As a new partner, Micky has his own page on the company’s web site.
Jim moved to Lavaca in 2005 after first building a home on the north side shortly after his move to the city. After living in a lot of different locations over the years, Jim says that Lavaca is the best place he’s lived. “It’s in the heart of the city,” he says, “with so many great things to do within walking distance. Yet, at the same time, it’s the friendliest and most cohesive neighborhood I’ve ever experienced.”