Jim’s career had three different experiences. He began his Sears career as a trainee and ended some 30 years later retiring as an officer of the company. His many assignments had a common element, the dramatic results improvement of underperforming organizations. Working in a large corporation was a great learning experience.
After retiring, Jim served as an officer of two midsized startup companies. Both were financially successful. One was acquired and the other achieved an IPO. The key element in both cases was being able to add discipline and the right amount of structure to these entrepreneurial organizations. Working at these two startups made going to work fun.
As a business consultant, Jim focused on smaller and often family owned businesses. These smaller business have to focus more directly on cash flow and sometimes lack financial resources, but in the end, their ability to serve their customers insured their success. There is no more satisfying work than helping a family business succeed and grow.
Jim earned a B.S. In Business Administration from Miami University and also benefitted from leadership development received during his four years as an Air Force Officer.