Jim Rowlands | CFO
Jim received a BSBA from Youngstown State University with a major in accounting. He began his career in Nebraska with the Nebraska State Auditor’s office. There he was part of a team that audited 28 of the 93 Nebraska counties. After more than a year auditing county governments, Jim landed a position with a CPA firm in Omaha Nebraska.
Jim’s experience includes manufacturing, national wholesale distribution, imports, retail, and multi-state operations. Industries include metal fabrication, oil and gas, electronic testing equipment, circuit board manufacturing, wholesale tire and wheel distribution, and giftware.
Jim spent 10 years consulting with entrepreneurs and was employed by both the Youngstown Region 12 Small Business Development Center and the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber. While working in this area, Jim received a state award from the Ohio Department of Development for Business Analyst of the year.
For seven years, Jim was employed as a self employed consultant along with a national firm American Management Services and Manufacturing Advocacy Growth Network (MAGNET) based in Cleveland. While at MAGNET, Jim gained experience in the manufacturing Lean concepts of 5s and 8 waste.
Prior to joining Focus CFO, Jim was president of a financially troubled metal fabricator.
Jim enjoys spending time with his wife and traveling to visit their two children and one grandchild who all live outside the area. Jim enjoys cooking and running. He has participated in area 5K and 10K runs. Jim also enjoys classic cars and car shows.