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Jim Canfield

President, CEO Tools

As President of CEO Tools, Jim provides winning strategies and business performance tools that empower CEOs to drive profitable growth. He brings a unique blend of past experience, including extensive learning in leadership theory and practice as well as “been there, done that” practical experience running several companies.

Jim has a long history of working with CEOs. Prior to joining Aprio and CEO Tools, Jim served as CEO of Renaissance Executive Forums, a leading membership organization for CEOs. He also worked with Vistage, the world’s largest CEO organization, as chief learning officer and VP of West Coast operations. He facilitated several CEO groups in Memphis, for which he won a “Chair Excellence” award. Jim has also logged over 10,000 hours as an executive coach, and many more facilitating strategic planning initiatives for CEO and executive clients. In 2018, Jim was named Speaker of the Year by TEC Canada, one of the world’s top organizations.

Jim graduated from the Fogleman School of Business at the University of Memphis and the Rhodes College Institute for Executive Leadership. After graduating from the Institute for Executive Leadership, he was the leader of the Institute at Rhodes for almost a decade. His professional and civic affiliations include:

  • Lausanne Collegiate School – Member, board of trustees
  • Hope House – Member, board of directors
  • The University of Memphis – Member, alumni board
  • National Public Radio and Television – Past on-air fundraiser