Jim Adkins


CXO Accelerator

  • Locations Chicago, IL – Grand Rapids, MI – Palm Beach, FL
  • Cell (701) 540-7825


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. While in the Air Force S&T Office he developed AFSTAR (Air Force Science and Technology Report) and working with the Chief Scientist of the Air Force, created a process to rack/stack/evaluate/prioritize $4B in projects. Following that, Jim led a 65-person team to develop and insert 19 different advanced technology projects into the AMRAAM air to air missile while saving $42M and successfully completing 6 months ahead of schedule. He retired from Active Duty in 1996.

He then took his endeavors into the commercial world with General Motors, John Deere, and 4 private equity industries to achieve 4 separate business turn-arounds at Best Power, Enerpac, Bobcat and Chromalloy. Over the years, he developed his personal brand of trust, hard work, transparency, alignment and accountability to lead organizations to achieve double digit improvements in profitability in less than 6 months. Additionally, he has become certified as a LEAN and Six Sigma Black Belt and led over 1200 projects returning over $250 million in value for 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 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.

Jim is a business owner in Palm Beach County and an active member, Trustee of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Economic Forum of Palm Beach County, & Palm Beach Leadership Council. Finally he also helps business owners in the local area as a SCORE (part of the SBA) mentor and coach.