Jim co-founded InfoWorks in January 1997, and serves as Chairman and CEO. Under Jim’s leadership, InfoWorks has built a reputation for outstanding client service, employee satisfaction, and sustainable profitable growth. During InfoWorks’ 20 years in business, Jim has balanced company growth with employee and client satisfaction in a controlled manner that has purposely avoided layoffs and maintained its strong cash position.
In 2010, Jim sold a portion of his stock to establish an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP). Two years later, Jim and the company’s other shareholders sold the reminder of their stock to the ESOP resulting in InfoWorks becoming 100% ESOP-owned. The ESOP allows InfoWorks employees to fully participate in the future financial results of the company as owners.
Since becoming 100% ESOP-owned, InfoWorks has experienced a five-fold growth in stock price and a doubling of revenue with an increase in EBITDAE in excess of 250%.
Jim’s philosophy is that high employee morale leads to superior client satisfaction, and he makes hiring decisions based on the integrity, attitude, and aptitude of prospective employees. In 2014, the initial year of the award and each year since, InfoWorks has been awarded the Tennessean’s Top Work Place award. Since 2007, InfoWorks has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Nashville by the Nashville Business Journal nine times.
Prior to forming InfoWorks, Jim spent 32 years with IBM in Nashville in various management and marketing positions.
Jim is very active in the Nashville community and currently serves on several boards:
As a co-founder of InfoWorks, Judy has been a member of the management team since the firm’s inception in January 1997. In 2006, she became a shareholder and Board member, supplementing her continuing role as Corporate Secretary. Her primary responsibilities include overseeing resource deployment, operations, finance and administration. Prior to joining InfoWorks, she spent five years with IBM Global Services in human resources and operations.
Judy also is active in the Nashville community. She served as treasurer long-term after serving two terms on the Budget and Finance team at her local church where she has been a member since 1986. She has previously served on the Human Resource, Pastor Search, Resource and Vision teams.
Claire is a veteran consulting professional who joined InfoWorks in June of 2000. In 2006, she became a shareholder and a Board member. She has 25 years of management consulting experience with InfoWorks, Andersen Consulting, Computer Science Corporation, and CSC Index, inventor of the Reengineering discipline, where she headed the retail and distribution consulting practices. Claire’s expertise includes strategic planning, re-engineering, information technology and change management projects. She has provided consulting services to a number of high-profile clients, such as American Stores, Aramark, Best Buy, Campbell Soup, Deere & Co, Federated Department Stores, Ford Motor, HCA, Healthways, Ingram Book, Kmart, LTV Steel, Saint Thomas Health Services, SAP Software, Schering-Plough HealthCare, Target Stores, Tennessee State University, United Airlines, Vanderbilt and Victoria’s Secret Stores.
Wayne is a veteran consulting executive with more than 35 years of experience in all facets of information systems, including application development, data architecture, large project management, systems management, and general consulting. His industry expertise includes banking and finance, health, manufacturing, insurance, distribution, and travel. Prior to partnering with InfoWorks in 2002, Wayne was with IBM Global Services where, among other accomplishments, he achieved certification as an IBM Certified IT Architect. From 1998 to 2000, he was the Vice President of Information Services at Unum Provident Insurance in Chattanooga.
Buddy joined InfoWorks in March of 2004 and, in 2006, became a shareholder and Board member. Since he joined InfoWorks, he has served as the outsourced CIO at a large local university, managing all aspects of IT, and has done business consulting at another large local university. Prior to joining InfoWorks, Buddy spent 24 years with Ingram Book Company during a period of dramatic growth for the company. For 22 of those years, he was the Senior IT Executive and served as a member of the Executive Committee. At the time of his retirement, he was the Senior Vice President and CIO.