Jim McGowan is a founding partner on the Blue Sky Mangement & Researchteam. Jim has over 40 years of experience as a senior executive, consultant and venture investor. He also has served on the Board of Directors of several public and private companies.
Jim is the founder of McGowan Associates, a boutique investment and management consulting firm which provides services to private equity funds, private and public retail companies and national consulting firms. Jim’s experience ranges from interim executive positions at Filenes Basement (Interim COO of a new division) and The TJX Companies (Director of European Operations), to engagement on strategic consulting projects for Arthur Andersen, Gordon Brothers Ltd., and the Trump Group. Leveraged buyout investments at McGowan Associates included a very successful investment relationship with Madison Dearborn Partners and the Thomas H. Lee Company, financial investors which, on an investment of $22 million, realized a return of $114 million within three years. Other experience includes early stage healthcare and technology companies, where Jim played interim management roles.
Before founding McGowan Associates, Jim was the COO/CFO and selling stockholder of three retail chains, each of which was acquired by a NYSE/NASDAQ listed company.
Jim qualified as a Certified Public Accountant, has a B.S. degree from Boston University and an MBA degree from Suffolk University.