Early Growth Succession
Over the years, Jim has held a number of results-oriented senior leadership positions. This includes experience as the CEO/owner of a privately held business along with Fortune 100 experience spanning technology, strategic planning, project management, field operations, product development, and franchise operations.
Jim held Chief Information Officer positions for H&R Block, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and Integon Insurance Company (North Carolina). He also held a variety of technology positions with Hallmark Cards.
Jim moved from the CIO role at H&R Block into a role as a senior operations leader where he led a large field organization overseeing thousands of tax offices. He also led numerous product development initiatives and was responsible for H&R Block’s Latino business. Additionally, Jim led an effort to integrate hundreds of newly acquired franchise offices into H&R Block’s corporate operations.
After Jim left traditional full-time employment, he consulted with H&R Block across a variety of senior leadership initiatives. He and a business partner then purchased 8 H&R Block tax offices in Lincoln, Nebraska where Jim served as the CEO of that operation for 5 years. While overseeing all aspects of the business, Jim placed special emphasis on marketing, operations, and the detailed analysis of business performance. Ownership of his own company provided Jim the opportunity to understand the myriad of issues that privately held companies face. After selling his portion of the franchise business to his business partner, Jim re-started his strategic consulting business. He and his wife Jan also travel frequently; they have family in the KC area, Atlanta, London, Paris and Johannesburg.
Jim was a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City for 8+ years; he chaired both the technology and development committees during his tenure. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Paola Country Club and has served in advisory roles for the Blue Valley Board of Education – Technology Integration Advisory Committee, and the Rockhurst College School of Management – Information Technology Management Advisory Board. Jim has also provided pro-bono assistance for not-for-profits in the KC area, primarily with a focus on animal welfare. He now serves on the Board of Zoning / Code Appeals for the city of Spring Hill, Kansas. Recently Jim joined the Enterprise Center of Johnson County as a mentor to early stage, high-return, high-growth companies.
Jim has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Avila College. He and his wife Jan reside in Spring Hill, Kansas.