In his role as Vice Chairman, Jim is one of our most sought-after leadership advisers and consultants. He partners with top leaders to assess and develop executive team leadership capabilities and clarify their vision and values and is at the forefront of our leadership consulting and advisory services. He then integrates business and human capital strategies to guide them through culture change initiatives. Back at the office, Jim helps interpret client needs and experiences to develop and implement the company’s business strategy, as well as create new client-centered products and offerings.
At the heart of Jim’s work is his belief in learning and growth, as well as his drive to build healthy, transparent relationships. He is a caring listener and leadership adviser, helping clients develop critical skills, step into new leadership roles, and strengthen their relationships with employees. He has worked with top leaders at New York Life, MedStar Health, ING, DynCorp International, and Rolls Royce. Jim also sets high standards for himself and enjoys being challenged to learn more and give his best. His conviction that intelligent, passionate, and deeply caring individuals can “move mountains” together is evident in all of his work. Jim’s people-based and results-based business perspective come from his 20 years at Citicorp and 10 years running his own leadership consulting business.
While at Citicorp in New York, Jim advised U.S.-based bank holding companies in formulating and financing their non-bank investments, and later played a leadership role in expanding the bank’s middle-market lending services in Southern California. He also developed and helped execute the Private Banking Division’s nationwide expansion plan for lending and investment products. In moving to the Washington, D.C. area, Jim founded and managed Citicorp’s Private Bank’s Mid-Atlantic regional office. He led the region’s lending activities and oversaw investment management and other Citicorp services to clients in the area. Jim’s team became one of the three top-performing profit centers in the network during its first year of operation. Upon leaving Citicorp, Jim established his own consulting firm, developing investment and value creation strategies for a small group of high net-worth clients.
He joined HCI in 1997 after devoting several years to his music. An accomplished musician and composer, Jim applies his understanding of the challenges and untapped potential inherent in the creative process to his work with top leaders. His unique ability to balance discipline and imagination enables him to allow the best ideas to emerge. Jim holds a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Washington & Lee University. He loves to read, study classical music, and travel. He is also an avid swimmer.