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Jim Adkins


Jim graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1981 and then went on to a long career in the Air Force as a leader, engineer, metallurgist, project/program manager, and acquisition officer.  He took an incentivized early retirement opportunity and retired from his government service in 1996.  His first commercial endeavor was with General Motors/Delphi Packard-Electric and GM/Delphi Chassis as a Senior Buyer in charge of all services and labor agreements necessary to run a multi-location $3.5B business.

Next, Jim took his talents to the private equity industry in his first of four business turn-arounds.  Mentoring, teaching and leading the efforts for all operational and business services, agreements, contracts, and negotiations; he was able to add significant value and improve the bottom line.  Due to his achievements at Best Power, he was sought after and joined John Deere Corp. to further refine his brand of trust, hard work, transparency, alignment and accountability.  After numerous business successes, Jim re-entered the private equity world in 2002 with Enerpac LLC. to lead his second business turn-around.  Using the same recipe of leading, mentoring and guiding multiple large teams and the individual management/leadership staff; he was able to achieve double digit improvements in profitability in less than 6 months.

Since 2002 Jim has gone on to successfully use his personal brand to lead, guide, improve and work in several industries including construction, lawn/termite service, fastener, automotive, electronics and jet engine businesses.  Along the way, he has become certified as a LEAN and Six Sigma Black Belt and led many projects at the individual and corporate wide level to improve research & development, operations, procurement, Sales and Operations Planning (SOP), after-market support and sales initiatives.  His senior leadership experience with private equity, privately held companies, publicly held companies, government buying and selling, plus 2 additional business turn-arounds with companies like Bobcat, ServiceMaster, and Chromalloy can provide any business partner with personalized and tailored approaches and solutions that will best meet their needs at both the individual and organizational levels.

Some of Jim’s proven areas of expertise are:

• Leadership and Leadership Development
• Identifying and implanting changes needed to achieve business growth
• Successful Communication within all levels of business
• Recognizing, Encouraging, and Creating Opportunity for Employee Achievement
• LEAN, Six Sigma, DMAIC, Toyota Production System
• Team Building, Collaboration, and Partnership
• Continuous Process Improvement
• Identifying Necessary Culture Changes, Recognizing/Improving Current Cultures
• Strategic Planning and Execution on Priorities
• Determine Crucial Management Changes
• Successful Mergers and Acquisitions



Jim Adkins
CEO Focus of Palm Beaches, LLC
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