November 7, 2008


Werner Bachman, CEO of Neutrik AG and a friend for 20 years, says, "Jim was a wonderful leader with just the right combination of business skills and personal qualities. But more than that, he was an industry icon and a genuinely caring person who touched everyone with his kindness. He would always take time out to ask how you or your family were doing and looked you in the eye with a true look of concern. He was sincere and never took himself too seriously. No matter how busy Jim was he always made the time to talk to you, especially at trade shows. He never missed a show, until recently. I know he will be sorely missed by an industry he so significantly impacted."

In addition to running a company, Cowan was also concerned for others and was instrumental in Neutrik's numerous donation efforts, offering the company's equipment to such organizations and schools as Brookfield Academy, La Sierra University and Michigan State University. He was also a member of PAMA (Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance), an organization for senior executives leading the companies that manufacture professional audio products.

Prior to joining Neutrik, Cowan held various positions with companies such as Texas Instruments, Panduit Corp. and Dialight-Kulka-Smith.

He was a proud father of two sons - Gregory and Dan - and the loving husband to wife Kate. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ocean of Love (