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James S. Thompson
Senior Fellow
Prior to co-founding IGP, Jim had been Chairman of Sierra Financial Group, a management consulting group, since 1988. Jim is a seasoned operating officer of both large and small companies, a veteran entrepreneur and has significant international experience, primarily in Europe.

Jim is a skilled communicator/team builder, an adept negotiator and entrepreneurial leader. He is recognized for broad strengths in iinfrastructure development, strategic and financial planning and operational leadership. Jim has significant background in product definition, beta customer development and securing capital, including IPO and VC funding. Jim has proven ability to analyze businesses, operations, and growth opportunities and then introduce strategic and tactical solutions that improve competitive performance while increasing revenues and profits.

Most recently, Jim co-founded four technology oriented companies, two of which successfully went public and has served numerous companies as a management consultant. As an entrepreneur and as Chairman, CEO, COO or CFO, Jim was actively engaged in leading those ventures in utility infrastructure rehabilitation, health services, e-commerce software, multi-dimensional database analysis and wireless software.

As a consultant, Jim frequently serves as an integral part of client's management teams and often as mentor to the CEO. His line experience in operations includes sales and marketing, finance, accounting, IT, legal and HR, plus years of corporate board level activities, permitting him to actively participate in advising and helping to grow his client's businesses.

Earlier in his career, Jim served as Chairman, President, COO, CFO or group line officer of several public and private $100M+ companies with subsidiaries in a broad range of industries including manufacturing, distribution and service operations (food, cosmetics, shoes, apparel, sporting goods, agriculture, contracting, containers, import/export, retailing and electronics).

Jim began his career in management services and auditing with Ernst & Ernst (Ernst & Young). His executive responsibilities have required his living in several regions of the United States, primarily Manhattan and San Francisco, plus Alaska, and traveling worldwide in the execution of those responsibilities.

Jim is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS in Professional Accounting from the University of Washington, Seattle. He was also a former executive of the 40,000 scout Altaha New Jersey Council of Boy Scouts of America and co-founder of the California Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled.