About the Author
His career has been varied, including work at every type of business – from fledgling privately-held startups to large publicly-held companies. Jim was the first outside CEO at e-Chemicals Inc., the industrial chemical industry's first B2B e-commerce distributor and supply chain execution provider; Chairman, CEO and President at Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (NASDAQ), a $325 million provider of total loss vehicle and claims processing services; President at Van Waters & Rogers Inc. ($1.5 billion), Senior Vice President at Univar Corporation and its subsidiaries (a $2.8 billion NYSE corporation) and Chief Operating Officer at VWR Corporation (NASDAQ $625 million)
As an entrepreneur who has led three professional services start-up companies, Jim is also keenly aware of the specific needs and hurdles faced by startup companies.
Throughout his career, Jim has gained tremendous insight into the efficient operation of businesses and the predictable patterns that emerge in companies that properly execute their business strategy. His advice, derived directly from these insights, always includes requiring CEOs to ask more questions and give fewer answers, and to create “stop-doing lists” that further focus the executive team’s time and energy on the most important and critical aspects of the business.
Using the tools and concepts you’ll be reading here, Jim has helped numerous CEOs and executives in companies ranging from $25 million to $1+ billion in revenue, all privately-, closely- or family-owned.
A long-term member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and a director and/or chairman of more than 20 for-profit public and private company boards, chairing four of them, the demands on Jim’s time exceeds his ability to work with every CEO who asks. It is his sincere hope, through this book, to reach even more CEOs, executives and teams in need of what he can show them – people like you.