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Jim Canfield has long been interested in and focused on the unique leadership roles and responsibilities of CEOs and senior executives. He brings a unique blend of extensive learning and training in leadership theory and practice coupled with ‘been there-done that’ practical experience building and transitioning several companies.


After building two companies from start-ups, Jim has devoted more than twenty-five years to the study of executive leadership in the CEO Peer group industry and has logged over 10,000 hours coaching CEOs and high-performing teams. Jim was C-Level executive at Vistage and was CEO of Renaissance EXECUTIVE FORUMS, another leading peer group company.


Currently President of CEO Tools by Aprio. Jim is building a content-based coaching and consulting practice inside the CPA-led advisory firm Aprio. Jim is the author of CEO Tools 2.0: How to Think, Lead and Manage Like a CEO. An active speaker, he has spoken to over 250 groups totaling over 3,500 CEOs and executives on these key concepts in a little over two years. Jim was named the 2018 Speaker of the Year for Vistage’s Canadian affiliate, TEC Canada.


Jim was a Founder of a privately-held regional transportation and distribution company in his hometown of Memphis TN with his brother. After the trucking company, Jim was a member of the group that founded Caliber Financial Group, an investment firm specializing in the investment needs of credit unions.


Jim lives in Scottsdale, AZ after almost 20 years in San Diego. Jim has two children and welcomed his new grandson in May.

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