Mr. Finley received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business from Central Michigan University. Mr. Finley has also completed Business Executive programs at the University of Michigan Business School, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, the Kellogg School of Management, and has had the privilege of participating in seminars led by Dr. W. Edwards Deming.
Mr. Finley is the owner of The Growth Coach® serving Mississippi. The Growth Coach offers a nationally proven and guaranteed business coaching process, that drives success and balances lives of Business Owners, Managers, Executives, Students, and Professionals.
Mr. Finley joined Craft-Co Enterprises, Inc. in 1990 and served as Chief Executive Officer from 1992 until 2007. Craft-Co manufactured automobile switches, wire harnesses, brush plate assemblies, and interior lighting products for the International Market.
During Mr. Finley's tenure Craft-Co achieved the International Quality Standards of QS9001, ISO9001, ISO14001, and TS16949. The company was also one of the 100 largest privately owned companies in Mississippi, one of the 15 fastest growing companies in Mississippi, and one of the top 100 minority owned companies in the USA.
Craft-Co received many coveted awards, including the Ford Motor Company Q1, the DaimlerChrysler Gold Pentastar, the Mississippi Best Practices, the Mississippi Exporter of the Year, the SBA Exporter of the Year, the U.S. Commerce Export Achievement, and the Mississippi Quality.
Before joining Craft-Co, Mr. Finley held management/executive positions with DaimlerChrysler and Ford Motor Company.
Active in his community, Mr. Finley is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, the Mississippi State Workforce Development Council, the Advisory Board of the World Trade Center of Mississippi, and the Mississippi State Workforce Investment Board. He has also served as Commissioner for the Mississippi Employment Security Commission, now operating as the MS Department of Employment Security.
Jim Finley Owner/Coach
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