Frederick Pakis


Fred is a 27 year resident of Paradise Valley. He was Co-Founder of JDA Software, Arizona’s largest software company. He served as its President and Co-CEO for 15 years until his retirement in 1999. Fred’s passion for adventure travel has taken him to over 100 countries.


  • BS Operations Research – Case Western Reserve University – 1975
  • Elected as Sloan Fellow with Highest Distinction – London Business School – 1980
  • MA International Relations – Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy – 2004


Board Member:

  • Sandra Day O’Connor Institute
  • London Business School
  • STEP – Student Expedition Program

Former Board Member:

  • Arizona Community Foundation
  • Phoenix Children’s Hospital
  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • Phoenix Symphony

Fred was a finalist in Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” competition in 1996. He was accepted and served as an expert witness at the Federal District Court level in the field of software development.