An advisor to business owners, executive coach and public speaker, Jim Jackson is President and CEO of the Essex Group, a regional business consultancy celebrating its 33rd year of service. He helps clients maximize their potential by sharpening their vision, strategy and goals. Clients engage Jim and his firm to ease the process of adapting to challenges and change. They build vision, focus, clarity and consensus, achieving new levels of business and personal performance as a result.
Jim's 50+ years of diversified business experience range from a high-tech startup to serving as a Fortune 300 division general manager, giving him a rare insight into the balances that must be struck in a successful enterprise. His clients cover the economic spectrum including: business & trade associations, not-for-profit, healthcare, retail, banking, transportation, insurance, news & broadcast media, professional and personal services, software development, petroleum & chemicals, agriculture, education, commercial real estate, yacht brokerage, government agencies and manufacturing.
Jim is a regular speaker for businesses and associations on a variety of professional development topics. He is author or co-author of a number of development programs, including Compete to Win!, Advanced Selling "Secrets", and A Lifetime of Learning. He co-designed and facilitates the Side Street to Main Street minority business and leadership development program. This program, sponsored by the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce and funded by a generous grant from Aetna, Inc., has won multiple awards from the Middlesex County NAACP, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Connecticut Economic Resource Center over its twenty-two-year history.
In addition, Jim serves on the boards or advisory councils of several business, civic and charitable organizations and founded the Connecticut Skilled Trades Coalition for Vocational Education; a voice for small manufacturers advocating for workforce development programs. Jim served as a moderator for the Connecticut state and northeast regional meetings of the White House Conference on Small Business. He lives in Westbrook with his wife, Isabel, who is also an active principal in their consulting practice. Jim is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Management Development Program at Rensselaer at Hartford.