As a seasoned and accomplished business leader, Jim brings a balanced blend of corporate (Citibank, SunTrust, BellSouth) and entrepreneurial experience to his role as a principal at Pace. His career spans two industries – financial services and information technology – and multiple functional roles including business development, finance, product management, strategic planning, corporate development/M&A and information technology. Jim’s involvement in financial services included roles in business development for Citibank's LBO financing unit, as a partner at North Riverside Ventures, an Atlanta- based venture capital arm of Sam Zell’s Equity Group, and as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer for Keogler, Morgan & Company, an Atlanta-based broker-dealer for independent financial planners.
Jim was a senior corporate development executive at BellSouth, where he led strategy and deal teams for BellSouth’s Broadband, Entertainment and Internet groups, including the completion of a $500 million digital cable TV programming partnership among BellSouth, Ameritech, SBC Communications and Walt Disney, the acquisition of five wireless cable companies for $250 million, and a wide variety of other strategic transactions (divestitures, strategic alliances, partnerships, software licenses, investments, etc.). He also led a BellSouth International team in developing strategic plans for BellSouth’s Latin American affiliates to enter the Internet services business in six Latin American countries.
Jim subsequently headed the startup of a broadband communications service provider in Canada (Cypress Communications) and served in CFO roles for an information security software company, a telecom billing software company, and an INC 500 digital marketing agency.
Jim received his B.A. from Washington and Lee University and his M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.