Thu, 26 February 2015
Performing with Royal Teens to Starting a Billion Dollar Company with James Cusumano of Chateau Mcely
James A. Cusumano is an American entertainer and entrepreneur. He was the lead singer for the recording group The Royal Teens, who released the songs “Short Shorts” and “Short Shorts Twist” in the 1950s and 60s.After receiving a PhD in physical chemistry, pursuing business studies at Harvard and Stanford, and receiving a fellowship at Churchill College at Cambridge University, he served as a research scientist and then Director of Catalysis R&D for Exxon.
Cusumano then co-founded Catalytica, Inc., a Silicon Valley company with business units in sustainable energy and pharmaceuticals. He served as President and CEO of Catalytica and then as its Chairman. He also served as Chairman and CEO of Catalytica Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Following this, Cusumano founded Chateau Wally Films and produced the 2001 feature film What Matters Most.
He next moved to Prague, where he and his wife and business partner, Inez, renovated a Czech chateau into a luxury hotel and retreat.