Jim is known for having a proven history of successful management, financial and business growth across multiple industries and multiple locations. During his career, he has successfully started and grown new businesses. As CEO of a private holding company operating in multiple locations, he oversaw several acquisitions, the start up of new business lines, integration and development of people to create a successful enterprise for all stakeholders.
Prior to this, Jim was Vice President of Finance and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions for Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. In this capacity, he was responsible for supporting the financing and strategic aspects related to running the business of DFA and also managing transaction activities of the Company. Mr. Fee was Director of Corporate Development at Sprint Nextel Corporation and Director of Business Development responsible for starting the Mobile Financial Services Group at Sprint PCS. Mr. Fee was a Managing Director in the investment banking division of Hoak Breedlove Wesneski & Co.’s Leawood, Kansas office and also spent twelve years in various locations within the NationsBanc organization including Managing Director of Corporate Finance at NationsBanc Montgomery Securities, LLC and Senior Vice President-Corporate Finance with NationsBank.
Mr. Fee began his banking career with Commerce Bank of Kansas City in their commercial banking department. Mr. Fee has been responsible for the origination, structuring, negotiation and integration of numerous successful transactions including public and private debt, mezzanine and equity capital placements, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder value enhancements and strategic planning. He has started and directed two new successful business units and has significant experience within the food, telecommunications, technology and financial services sectors. From 1978 to 1984, Mr. Fee served as an Officer in the United States Navy.
Mr. Fee received his B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy and his M.B.A. from Rockhurst University.