James has over 30 years starting up, transforming, and managing businesses from entrepreneurial ventures to Fortune 100 business units. He applies this business acumen and leadership, both as a business coach to small and entrepreneurial businesses and leaders in larger organizations. He enjoys mentoring and coaching others who strive to improve their leadership while attaining personal, professional, and business aspirations.
James joined the Heffelfinger Company after selling Acme Clean Air, Inc., a specialty construction firm, which he founded in 2005 and built to a $1M business. James also founded and purchased three real estate development companies in his 14 years as an entrepreneur and successfully sold each.
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, James spent 18 years with Monsanto Company, taking successively more responsible leadership roles in Manufacturing, and Marketing including running a team of engineers and managing a $400M business unit.
James’s education and certifications include: A Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Detroit, an executive coaching certificate from the Hudson Institute of Coaching, certifications for Everything DiSC® Assessments and Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ facilitator. James has also focused on personal growth throughout his career and has been on an intensive journey since 2000 with participation as a Vistage CEO (three years), Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara’s LifeLaunch®, and Landmark Education’s Curriculum for Living®, Communication courses, and Wisdom Unlimited Curriculum.