After founding HealthiestYou, an innovative digital health company in 2011, that he sold in June 2016 to Teladoc, the nation’s leading provider of tele-health services, in a deal exceeding $155 million, Jim is now taking his experience as a serial entrepreneur and his personal passion for improving people’s lives to a new level. By helping position young, startup companies for success, Jim started 317 Ventures to use the business lessons he learned along the way, and is channeling his penchant for personal and professional coaching to fulfill his lifelong dream of helping others fulfill theirs. The company also leverages Jim’s 20+ years of building his own businesses – in financial services, insurance, employee benefits, and healthcare – to connect innovative health and wellness companies with investors and financial opportunities to help them grow and prosper.
Throughout his years as a budding entrepreneur, Jim built his companies by focusing on creating a positive company culture and shaping entrepreneurially-minded teams that were invested in their own success to help the company succeed. That approach, a key factor in his business success strategy, is one that he applies now to help grow his clients’ companies. Along with building a people-first workplace culture, Jim’s personal investment in the success of others has built his reputation nationally as strong and compassionate business leader.
In June 2016, Jim was named a finalist in the Consumer Technology category in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for 2016. His company was also recognized with accolades, such as the Arizona Central “Top Company to Work for in Arizona” award and the Phoenix Business Journal “Best Places to Work” award. He also took HealthiestYou’s national ranking from #846 in the Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies in 2015, to #397 on the Inc. 500 list in 2016, as well as to #34 on the exclusive 2016 Entrepreneur360(TM) list of the Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America as determined by Entrepreneur Magazine.
Jim speaks at health industry and leadership events nationwide. He has been featured on an episode of “Men’s Health Live,” the Radio Network of Men’s Health Magazine, and was a guest on the ShiftShapers’ podcast hosted by industry thought leader, David Saltzman. He previously was a speaker on a national, business success tour, as well as a regular on the “Extreme Money Makeover Tour,” and the co-host of a major market radio talk show.
When he’s not inspiring leaders or building businesses, he is busy coaching and mentoring youth, and is a board member for the National Center for Fathering, an organization that was created to respond to the social and economic impact of fatherlessness in America. Jim has been involved with Little League, and the youth organization, Ambassadors of Compassion. In addition, Jim serves on the Northridge Community Church Board in Scottsdale, Arizona. To help the church raise funds, Jim purchased Saddlecreek Coffee Company that he operates for the church. In addition to donating 100% of the proceeds to the church, his other goal with the coffee shop is to help teach entrepreneurship to the church’s youth. He also supports and works closely with Partners in Action, a 30-year-old Scottsdale, Arizona-based nonprofit organization operating orphanages and other humanitarian projects in 27 countries.