Business 100 – 2015

Jim McCann/1-800-FLOWERS.COM

Jim McCann is a highly successful entrepreneur, business leader, author, media personality, and philanthropist whose passion is helping people deliver smiles.  Jim’s belief in the universal need for social connections and interaction led to the founding of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, which he has built into the world’s leading florist and gift shop.

Jim’s willingness to embrace new technologies that help people connect and express themselves has enabled him to stay at the forefront of consumer and social trends.

He has expanded his company’s gift offerings to become a leading player in the gourmet food and gift baskets business, including the brands Harry & David, Fannie May Fine Chocolates, Cheryl’s fresh baked cookies, The Popcorn Factory, 1-800-Baskets.com and FruitBouquets.com.

In addition to serving as chairman of the board of directors for 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Jim is the non-executive chairman of Willis Group Holdings Limited and a board member for a variety of private and not-for-profit boards. He is a third-generation Irish American with roots in Armagh and Limerick.