Jim Driscoll, a FOCUS Senior Advisor, has extensive C-level operational and investor experience in both high and low margin industries, with an emphasis on change agent situations and a passion for building trust-based, results-oriented teams. Recognized for an active, engaged and positive style as a manager and board member, his experience encompasses the entire corporate cycle from start up to fundraising to turnaround. Mr. Driscoll has specific industry experience in energy, private equity/M&A, healthcare services, transportation and franchising. Mr. Driscoll also has a unique international perspective from over ten years living and working on five continents.
Mr. Driscoll currently serves as CEO of Channel Biorefinery & Terminals, one of the largest and most feedstock-flexible biodiesel refineries in the US. He was retained in mid-2013 to consult, raise equity and divest a non-core asset, and in December 2013 was asked to take over as CEO.
Prior to joining Channel, Mr. Driscoll was President of Method Holdings, a financial services business he co-founded to acquire and aggregate ownership in non-performing wealth management firms owned by top 100 U.S. accounting firms. From 2010-2011 he consulted as an external operating partner for his former private equity firm, 1848 Capital Partners, who requested Mr. Driscoll assist with several underperforming portfolio companies. From late 2009-2010 he was Chief Operating Officer of CareDynamix, an onsite provider of vaccination services into which he was recruited by HIG Capital to manage their investment.
Previously, Mr. Driscoll was a Senior Partner with 1848 Capital Partners, a Miami-based fundless sponsor focused on the lower end of the middle market. While at 1848 he both led transactions (from $4M-75M) as well as acted as the firm's operating partner for portfolio companies in the mortgage processing, themed entertainment and b-to-b sectors.
In 2002 Mr. Driscoll was recruited by the CEO of Carey International to lead the restructuring of the company’s $45M of non-US operations. Upon leaving this position in 2005 Mr. Driscoll was recognized as having completed a highly successful turnaround, and today the London operation remains one of Carey’s two best performing divisions.
Between 1995 and 2002, he held a series of increasingly senior positions with InterGen, a leading developer/owner/operator of power generation facilities around the world, culminating with leadership of the company’s Asia Pacific portfolio based in Hong Kong. From a starting point of zero assets and 12 employees, InterGen grew to $14B in assets in 21 countries over seven years. InterGen, founded in 1995, was the successor to a smaller domestic entity, J. Makowski Co, to which Mr. Driscoll was recruited from graduate school in and which was sold to Bechtel and PG&E by management and its partner, Warburg Pincus.
Mr. Driscoll received his B.A in English Literature from Bowdoin College and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
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