Jim has over 35 years of executive leadership experience including positions as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Restructuring Officer of many national, international, public and private corporations. Jim has also served as a retained strategic advisor and Board Member for numerous national and international corporations, private equity firms and executive leadership teams.
As Founder and Managing Partner of Mackinac Partners (now Mackinac, an Accordion Company), Jim has led many successful corporate restructurings, turnarounds, M&A transactions, strategic initiatives, and brand and portfolio development efforts for leading companies and equity firms across the retail/consumer products, food and beverage, franchising, home building, real estate, leisure and hospitality, financial services, private equity, investment banking, manufacturing, sports franchise and entertainment industries. Jim has extensive experience in leading companies through periods of restructuring and transformation and has been recognized as a leading international turnaround executive by the Global M&A Network.
Jim has extensive leisure and hospitality industry experience and has successfully delivered strategic, financial advisory and M&A/transaction services for clients that include Diamond Resorts International, Island One, Grand Sea Resorts, Leisure Industries, Textron, Pacific Monarch Resorts, Sunterra and the Teton Club. He has served as an advisor to one of the largest non-banking lenders to the time-share and hospitality industries and has served as a long-term strategic advisor to one of the largest hospitality companies in the world with a network of more than 420 vacation destinations across 35 countries.
Jim also has deep real estate and homebuilding advisory experience including serving as a C-level executive and strategic and financial restructuring advisor for national and regional homebuilders, sub-prime mortgage lenders, and resort and timeshare operators. Jim has served as Chief Restructuring Officer for several of the firm’s real estate and hospitality clients, including CRO of RE Loans LLC, Interim CEO of Pacific Monarch Resorts, Inc., Interim President for Sunterra Corporation One where he helped secure $160 million in debtor-in-possession financing and $300 million in exit financing. Later, as Interim CEO of Sunterra, Jim guided the $400 million publicly traded company through an out-of-court restructuring and a tender offer for the Company’s outstanding shares, valued at $750 million.
Jim has served as a top financial executive with Pulte Homes and has provided financial and strategic advisory to other real estate holding companies, homebuilders, trusts, receivership/DIP clients and sub-prime mortgage lenders that include Walter Homes, Ivanhoe Huntley Homes, TenRock Capital, Comerica, National Mortgage, Merrill Lynch, and Greenwich Capital Financial.
Jim has also helped drive innovation, growth, and restructuring solutions for clients across the food and beverage and franchising sectors. He has served in C-level and strategic advisory roles in the delivery of restructuring and brand growth services for companies that include Logans, Little Caesers, Pazzaz (Papa Murphy’s Pizza franchisee), and Awrey Bakeries.
Jim has led capital financing advisory for many client restructurings, including a large Denver-based manufactured park operator where he served as the primary financial advisor in their recapitalization that included an IPO and the arrangement of over $1 billion in new debt and equity financing. He has been instrumental in several other prominent capital restructurings including a large private holding company for a major league baseball team, a national food franchisor, as well as a national mortgage lender.
Prior to founding Mackinac Partners, Jim held several senior officer positions including serving as Treasurer as well as Senior Vice President for Business Development and Strategic Planning for Pulte Corporation, overseeing the company’s financing segment and the restructuring of its international homebuilding ventures. Jim also served as Chief Financial Officer and board member for First Heights Bank, where he helped lead the acquisition and consolidation of five failed Texas thrifts from the FSLIC with 50 branches and over $2.5 billion in troubled assets. Jim has served on the board of directors for companies that include Sunterra Corporation, Hamilton Pacific, Inc. and PTC Alliance.
Jim is a cum laude graduate of the University of South Florida and earned an M.P.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
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