CEO, Sumus Development Group
Jim Baker is CEO of Sumus Development Group, LLC, a consulting and advisory firm dedicated to guiding entrepreneurs and business owners in building the value of their business. He spent over twenty-seven years owning and managing Ockham (formerly ASG), a CRO and functional services company specializing in oncology. In July 2014, the company was sold to Chiltern International. Jim has vast experience in acquiring and selling companies, working with investment bankers, private equity and mezzanine debt funding, business branding, and managing and leading people. He is also active in the community, serving on school and religious boards and educating high school students on entrepreneurship. He obtained his bachelor’s in economics from Villanova University. He is a husband and a father of four children.
Adventure Begins When the Plan Falls Apart
Publication Date: July 2017
Any business owner knows that plans rarely move forward as designed. Priorities shift, opportunities emerge, and obstacles bar the path to progress. Successful leaders take these changes in stride, tackling problems head-on and striking off in a new direction to pilot their companies to new heights.
With The Adventure Begins When the Plan Falls Apart, seasoned CEO and consultant Jim Baker offers the same guidance he’s provided to multiple business owners through his consulting and advisory firm. He shares personal anecdotes from decades of work and provides tips you can use today in your own business. You’ll learn to:
•handle the untimely departure of a business owner
•work with (or part with) a troublesome partner or employee
•assess and improve the value of your company
•discover the “why” behind the business
•build a culture of engagement
•prepare a successful exit strategy
No business is perfect. Difficulties will inevitably arise from time to time. Your job as a business owner is not to simply steer the ship and avoid these obstacles―your job is to prepare for these challenges and turn them into opportunities. The result? Increased company value, a stable business plan, and a happier and more engaged workforce.