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Welcome to The Growth Coach® - the Leader in Business Coaching! 
Our Vision is of a Mississippi business culture centered on the roadmap to success and framed by the strategic mindset of constancy of purpose for continuous improvement.

Our Mission is to coach/mentor Entrepreneurs, Managers, Professionals, and Students to achieve their strategic goals and balance their business and personal lives.

Our Guiding Principles:
  • Balance,between business and personal life, is the foundation for success.
  • Quality of Service Equals Value.
  • Relationships are Based on Integrity.
  • Profitable Growth is the Gateway to the Future and sustainability.
  • Goals are Specific, Measureable, Accountable, Realistic, and Time bound. 
  • Success is not achieved by focusing on the rear view mirror.

Jim Finley, Owner/Coach
(601) 965-0363 Jackson, (601) 992-6891 Brandon

Your Growth Coach

The Growth Coach of the Greater Jackson Metropolitan Area

Contact us today, for a free consultation. Our Business Coaching Process is nationally proven and guaranteed.
We offer flexible yet customized Business Coaching services - focused on achieving your goals.
  • Strategic Mindset Process
  • Sales Mastery Process
  • Leadership Process
  • DISC Assessment Process
  • One on One Coaching Sessions
  • Coaching Club Participation
  • Special Projects Management

The bottom line... Participating in our Coaching process will drive your success and add balance to your life!
Contact us today!
Jim Finley, Owner/Coach
(601)965-0363 Jackson, 
(601)992-6891 Brandon

James H. Finley Bio

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
(601) 992-6891 Brandon;   (601) 965-0363 Jackson

Serving the Business Coaching/Mentoring Needs of Mississippians:
Phone:    (601)992-6891 Brandon

Growth Coach Client Success Stories

The Growth Coach Recommendation - Wednesday, May 08, 2013

 "I highly recommend Jim as a business and sales coach for you and your organization. In addition to being a seasoned business owner, executive, and Growth Coach, he is one of the nicest, kindest and most genuine people I have met on the planet. You will love working with him; so will your bottom line. Jim is highly effective at coaching groups of business owners, managers and sales both large and small companies alike. In particular, Jim has a real passion and talent for helping groups of managers become more strategic, focused and transofrm into leaders...he calls his program The Strategic Manager. Best yet, in everything Jim does, he uses a proven coaching and accountability process that is so effective that he guarantees his clients' satisfaction or their money back. As such, you have nothing to lose and much to gain. Do yourself and your company a favor and talk with Jim." 

Daniel Murphy - CEO & Co- Founder

Author, "Becoming a Strategic Business Owner"

Women Entrepreneurs Symposium - Friday, November 30, 2012

Dear Mr. Finley:

On behalf of the Jackson State University family and Department of Entrepreneurship in the College of Business, we extend our sincere thanks and gratitude for your participation and support of our Women Entrepreneurs Symposium on Thursday, November 15, 2012.

The response from the symposium participants indicates that they received valuable and timely insight about entrepreneurial success. Your presentation made the symposium a resounding success.

Finally, Mr. Finley, we appreciate the time you took out of your busy schedule to join us and share your insights and expertise with our attendees. With our mission of preparing the next generation of entrepreneurs with an entrepreneurial mindset, we ask your continued support.

Dr. Mary M. White, Chairperson
c: Dr. Glenda Glover, Dean

Strategic Manager Program - Thursday, February 23, 2012

Let me begin by saying Happy New Year to you and the "Boss".  I would like to thank you both for your  interest, expertise and kindness shown and expressed during The Growth Coach Class.  It was definitely a needed reality check for me. It reminded me about the importance of balance in my live and goals both, professionally and personally. It was indeed an honor  and a pleasure.

Ms. Sylvia Burt, MS Dept of Transportation

Strategic Manager Program - Thursday, February 23, 2012

You and your wife are beautiful people inside and out.  I enjoyed being apart of this class. Hope to see you in the round table discussions.

Beverly Ashmore-Bates, MS Department of Enviromental Quality

One on One Coaching - Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mr. Finley,
Thanks for meeting with me this morning. As always you provide me with valuable insight on sustaining and growing my business. As a young business owner it's always beneficial to seek the advice of a more accomplished business owner.

Ms. Shameka Reed, CEO, Savvy, Inc.

Growth Coach Strategic Manager Program Mentors MDES Staff. - Friday, June 17, 2011

Twenty staff members from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security recently completed the one-year Strategic Manager Program of the Growth Coach facilitated by Jim Finley, head coach. Each participant attended four quarterly group meetings and three one-on-one mentoring sessions on becoming a more focused, effective and strategic manager. The Mississippi State Personnel Board has approved the Strategic Manager Program to be accredited for 24 hours of Certified Public Manager Credits.

MS e-Business Innovation Center and The Growth Coach Launch the Mastermind - MS Biz Journal Video. - Friday, June 17, 2011

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Businesses Profit from Good Coaching! - Friday, June 17, 2011

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MS e-Business Center - Thursday, March 10, 2011

The MS e-Business Innovation Center continues to create a positive environment for business to grow and prosper with the talented diverse companies and now with Jim Finley, the Growth Coach. Mr. Finley, has a proven track record of success in business and is a real asset to the MS e-Business Innovation Center staff. As a business owner, I have relied on Jim Finley expert advice and council and I would recommend others take advantage of him as a resource as they attempt to grow their businesses. Congratulations Jim!

Mark Jenkins, Digital Productions of MS

Testimonials - Friday, June 04, 2010

Thank you so much for the daily inspiration that you provide.  Would you mind if I read it during a Public Service Recognition Program?

Margie Carter-James

Compliance Officer

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

Thanks for the words of encouragement today and through out the years. With your instructions and words of encouragement, I have been offered and accepted a new position. I will begin that job within the next two weeks. And I thank God for the opportunity and I thank Him for allowing you in my life at this time for support, instruction and friendship. The Growth Coach training was very instrumental in my success in that it allowed me time and the tools to concentrate on my "strategic plan". I thank you for all you have done and I know that you will be a blessing to anyone that has the opportunity to participate in the Growth Coach training!

Jim Nelson, Jr.
Good morning Jim and thanks for the inspiration.  You just don't know how many days those words have helped me get through the day.  Please keep sharing!

Gloria Vale - President SRMSDC

Inspirational Quotes! - Friday, March 19, 2010

Good Morning Jim:
The first quote is very timely because the George Washington Carver exhibit at the Museum of Mobile will open with a reception this Sunday evening.   And, one of the local items that will be on display is a letter that was written  by Mr. Carver to my dad in 1934 in response to his inquiry about a job.  In  addition, my wife and I recorded all of the information that was on the envelope  (with a 3 cent stamp) as well as the words in his own handwriting regarding a  possible interview at Tuskegee.

Finally, here is another anonymous quote for your files: "Everyone is  trying to accomplish something big, not realizing life is made up of little things."

Joaquin Holloway Ph.D

Thanks for the quotes, I look forward to reading each one.

Michael Smith VP BankPlus

Thank you, my Brother Coach !  The "Defining Moment" is very meaningful and insightful - hits the mark.  

Also, as you can see from the notation below my address, your coaching is right on time for me - as I have adopted one of your sayings for my signature quote.

 "Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution."

Kahlil Gibran

Joycelyn A. Finley-Hervey, Ph.D.
Professor of Management

Thanks for the wonderful weekly information.  Some great thoughts this edition.

Jon Hatcher Ph.D MDA

I love all of these, especially George Washington Carver's. 

Dora Finley

Leadership and Motivation Program - JSU - Friday, October 30, 2009

On behalf of Dr. Isokpehi, myself, and the students from the Center for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, we would like to thank you for the wonderful training session you held yesterday, October 29, 2009. The feedback from our students was very positive. We look forward to future collaborations!

Angelique C. Lee,  Program Coordinator

Recommendation - Thursday, June 11, 2009

I have had the pleasure of working with James on various projects for The Growth Coach and have found him to be a consummate professional. Despite James' outstanding list of accomplishments and powerful intellect, he is down to earth and approachable. He is a great problem solver and communicator and a true joy to work with. Any organization would benefit from his expertise and involvement with their management." June 5, 2009

Beth Freeman, Ph.D., CEO/ Owner, The Growth Coach of Portland

Recommendation - Saturday, May 30, 2009

"Jim Finley is a highly dedicated and principled business leader. He has served on our Board of Directors for the past several years, and brings a wealth of experience and insight to the board. On many occasions, Jim has provided crucial advice which the board needed and otherwise would not have had. I also consider him my friend. I would highly recommend him." May 27, 2009

Bill Moak, President/CEO, BBB Mississippi

"Jim Finley is a savvy and gracious business coach--usually those two traits don't mix--and I'm blessed to call him a mentor and friend. His encouraging words and follow through are greatly appreciated, especially during times of economic turmoil such as late 2008 and early 2009. After all, Jim was expanding manufacturing operations when others were closing down. I don't think there's a business problem he can't solve!" May 27, 2009

Lynne Jeter, Contributer Writer/Editor, Various Publications

"Jim has been very important in my personal and professional development. I'm extremely priveledged to have him as a mentor and confidant. His management skills and business rational are second to none and the impact that he has made on people's lives is impossible to calculate. Jim blends that perfect mix of coaching, consulting, mentoring and direction that any organization/individual can utilize to their short/long term benefit. It's truly been an honor for me to work with him in the past and we are continuously engaged in present and future business opportunities." March 5, 2009

Derek Finley, Vice President, Business Development, Craft-Co Enterprises, Inc.

"I've been very fortunate to have worked with Jim these past few months. His counsel and advice have been immensely valuable in these early stages of my company. He's hard working, honest, and always goes out of his way to help. He truly cares about the success of businesses in Mississippi." February 23, 2009

David Moore, Founder & President, Navagis, LLC

Strategic Mindset Workshop - Quarter #2. - Thursday, April 30, 2009

Jim, I received your note! Thank you very much. I really appreciate the time you took today for teaching. It helped me refocus and will help a lot for my productivity and sales. 

David Moore
President & Founder
Navagis, LLC

Strategic Mindset Weekly - Dr. Deming's 14 Points "Out of the Crisis" - Saturday, March 28, 2009

Good Evening Jim:
 It's very important to recognize the difference between just being a Coach (one who remains on the sidelines and directs the plays on the field) vs. a Growth Coach (one who is able to take a more active role--not just from the sidelines--by actually getting on the field and being totally involved in an effort to reach the goal line). Of course, in most sports there would be a penalty imposed.  But, the game of life is not just to be thought of as a spectator event, rather it must be viewed as a participatory event. 

Our regular exchanges are most enjoyable for me, and I hope they are also meaningful to you.  "The mind is  a terrible thing to waste," and I wish you continued success with your strategies.

Joaquin M. Holloway, Jr., Ph.D

Strategic Mindset Workshop - Thursday, February 12, 2009

Great Session - enjoyed the dialogue between participants. Jim is an inspiration and his commitment and dedication is unsurpassed!

Carol Moore - Director - US Dept of Commerce

Strategic Mindset Workshop - Thursday, February 12, 2009

Great group discussion. Session timing was perfect. Good information for my organization. Look forward to future sessions.

Dennis Chandler,  State Farm Insurance, Owner

Strategic Mindset Weekly. - Monday, January 19, 2009

Good Morning James:
Thanks for your most recent message.  When I was much younger, I remember hearing this comment from my mother (the late Mrs. Ariel Williams Holloway) on a regular basis - "It's the set of the soul that determines the goal, and not the storm or the strife!"  And, in many ways that coincides with your most recent Mindset Weekly.  Very often in my life, I have been faced with what others may intend for me to think of as stumbling blocks, however, I always try to make them stepping stones.

Joaquin M. Holloway, Jr., Ph.D 

Strategic Mindset Weekly - Saturday, January 17, 2009

Mr. Finley,
Thanks for sharing this great information.  Now I have an opportunity to tell others about this message.

Eldridge Henderson, ALI

Coaching Services - Saturday, November 15, 2008

I just wanted to say again, thank you so much for all your help and advice. We're very fortunate to have met you and your counsel has been immensely valuable. Becoming part of the Incubator has been the best thing to happen to us.

David Moore - Owner - Navagis, LLC

Weekly Strategic Planner Follow-Up. - Monday, October 06, 2008

Your message today was right on time!  For the last week, I have been trying to remember, from previous management classes, the difference between effectiveness and efficiency, and you addressed it completely.  I am printing this email now, and I am going to post it on my message board.

Thank you, 
Jessica M. Gordon
International Trade Specialist
U.S. Department of Commerce

The Strategic Mindset Quarterly Workshop. - Monday, August 25, 2008

The Growth Coach concept presents an excellent opportunity to identify areas where improvement can be made - both personally and professionally.

Carol Moore - Director - U. S. Dept. of Commerce

Thanks for a great day.  I enjoyed meeting everyone and will look forward to getting back together with them in the future.  I appreciate all your efforts.  I believe that you will be successful with the Growth Coach format and I will look for opportunities to help you market it with clients of mine.

Bob Cunningham - Partner- Grantham Poole


Dennis Chandler - State Farm Insurance - Owner/Agent

Thank you again for allowing me be a part of your seminar yesterday. I very much enjoyed the material, and look forward to being a part of the next session in November.

Lisa Walton

FedEx Express

Strategic Planning Workshop. - Wednesday, September 17, 2008

it is essential to step back and objectively look at your business and personal life and see how your goals fit, to succeed at the business of LIFE.

Terrill Hewitt -- BMH Architects, PLLC

the workshop helped me to focus and held me to accountability.

DeAnna Adams -- Director, MBIC

this (Strategic Planning Workshop) has been a very inspirational and rewarding experience.

Angie Hart -- MBIC

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