James J. Stankovic, man­u­fac­tur­ing exec

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES -

James J. Stankovic, who rose from be­ing a stock boy to CEO of J. Schoen­e­man Inc., a Bal­ti­more man­u­fac­turer of suits that was founded in 1899, and later be­came a part­ner with his son in a pop­u­lar Pratt Street bar, died Aug. 7 of kid­ney fail­ure at St. Agnes Hos­pi­tal. The Ca­tonsville res­i­dent was 76.

James John Stankovic, the son of Joseph Stankovic, and his wife, Ge­orgeanne Stankovic, was born in Bal­ti­more and raised on Be­lair Road in North­east Bal­ti­more.

He dropped out of Mer­gan­thaler Vo­ca­tional-Tech­ni­cal High School and went to work as a stock boy for J. Schoen­e­man‚ which pro­duced tai­lored men’s cloth­ing for such top-flight brands as Saks Fifth Av­enue, Neiman-Mar­cus, Burberry’s, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller and Chris­tian Dior.

Mr. Stankovic later stud­ied at City Col­lege, where he earned his Gen­eral Ed­u­ca­tional De­vel­op­ment diploma and stud­ied industrial man­age­ment at Uni­ver­sity of Bal­ti­more.

In 1977, he was pro­moted to vice pres­i­dent of cus­tomer ser­vice and six years later, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing and sales. He was pro­moted to ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent in 1985 and be­came pres­i­dent in 1987.

In 1992, he was named CEO of Schoen­e­man/Palm Beach com­bined com­pa­nies, and a year later, CEO and pres­i­dent of Plaid Hold­ings Corp., which be­came the par­ent com­pany of Schoen­e­man/Palm Beach.

Af­ter leav­ing Plaid Hold­ings Corp. in 1995, he served as pres­i­dent of Six For­mal Wear for a year.

Mr. Stankovic, who was known for be­ing a stylish dresser, was called “The Big Guy” be­cause of his large and com­mand­ing pres­ence, fam­ily mem­bers said.

He main­tained apart­ments in Cross Keys and Man­hat­tan and rou­tinely at­tended trade shows in Paris, Mi­lan, New York City, Ja­pan, South Korea and Abu Dhabi.

In 1996, he joined his son Philip Stankovic in own­ing and op­er­at­ing the Down­town Sports Ex­change, or DSX, a Pratt Street res­tau­rant and bar, which was a reg­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for those at­tend­ing Ori­oles or Ravens games, as well as In­ner Har­bor tourists and con­ven­tion­eers.

Mr. Stankovic was an avid golfer who played in the Do­ral (Florida) Pro Am. He was also an in­vet­er­ate col­lec­tor of sports mem­o­ra­bilia and had been the owner of two thor­ough­bred race horses.

Other pas­times in­cluded gourmet cook­ing.

Mr. Stankovic who had lived at Bal­ti­more’s Har­bor Court for15 years and moved back to Ca­tonsville some time ago, was di­ag­nosed with kid­ney dis­ease in later years. In 2007, Gov. Martin J. O’Mal­ley ap­pointed him as Mary­land com­mis­sioner to the Na­tional Kid­ney Foun­da­tion, a po­si­tion he held un­til 2016.

A cel­e­bra­tion of life ser­vice will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day at the Ster­ling-Ash­ton-Sch­wab-Witzke Fu­neral Home of Ca­tonsville, 1630 Ed­mond­son Ave.

Mr. Stankovic is sur­vived by his wife of 28 years, the for­mer Kath­leen Coady; a son, Philip Stankovic, of Ca­tonsville; twin daugh­ters, Sharon Stankovic, of Fed­eral Hill, and Lisa Stankovic Druil­lard, of Abing­don; and three grand­chil­dren. An ear­lier mar­riage to the for­mer Jackie McKen­zie ended in di­vorce.

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