James C. Tyree

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James C. Tyree
Occupation Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mesirow Financial; Chairman, Sun-Times Media Group. Inc.
Website http://www.mesirowfinancial.com/company/people/mgmtteam/tyree_j.jsp

James C. Tyree was chairman and CEO of Mesirow Financial and chairman of Sun-Times Media Group Inc. He passed away in March of 2011 at the age of 53.

Tyree was credited with leading Sun-Times Media out of bankruptcy. The media company was sold to the investors led by Tyree for about $26.5 million.[1]

Tyree was Mesirow's largest stakeholder, with 15 percent of the company. While much of his wealth was tied up in stock, pretax margins came to 25 percent, allowing him a handsome salary. Tyree joined the firm in 1980 as a research associate and quickly rose through the ranks to be named president in 1990, chief executive officer in 1992 and chairman and chief executive officer in 1994.

Tyree was also the chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, serving a term that spanned from 2007 to 2009.[2]

He served on more than 50 not-for-profit, civic and corporate boards of directors including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. He also served as the chairman of the board of the City Colleges of Chicago. Tyree is listed on the Chicago Muckety Top 100 Most Networked People, along with Barack Obama and former chief executive officer of the Chicago Board of Trade, David J. Vitale.[3]

Tyree's wife Eve had been Mesirow's chief financial officer until they married in 1996. He donated more than $500,000 annually to charities.[4]


Tyree, who grew up on Chicago's South Side, took classes at City Colleges of Chicago while in high school before earning a bachelor's degree at Illinois State University in three years. He also earned a master's from the school. He worked as a forklift operator and used academic scholarships and grants to pay for his education.


Tyree came to Mesirow in 1980.[5]



  1. Jim Tyree Dead: Sun-Times Media Chairman Dies Of Stomach Cancer At 53. Huffington Post.
  2. Board of Directors. Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
  3. Chicago Muckety: 100 Most Networked People. Muckety.
  4. Baron In The Making. BusinessWeek.
  5. James C. Tyree. Mesirow Financial.