Jim Bennett is a Senior Consultant for Corporate Ladders and is the Founder of Bennett Associates, a leadership and management consulting firm.
Throughout his career, Jim has demonstrated an extraordinary ability to develop the leaders and achieve results within cross-functional and/or cross-company teams on business initiatives that require high degrees of leadership. Jim's style, expertise, and techniques are uniquely suited for these large, mission-critical initiatives. In his corporate and consulting roles, he has utilized his own leadership experience to improve the results of dozens of companies in areas such as manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, transportation, banking, R&D, and new product development. He has had particular success in the conflict resolution and project implementation space, especially helping business and project teams mature quickly into high-performing entities. Jim’s strong people skills and long corporate experience make him a highly effective executive and leadership team coach, who has helped dozens of senior executives and/or their teams achieve stellar results.
Jim began his career as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, working as a project officer with civilian contractors on large, contentious flood-control initiatives and disaster-relief efforts in the San Francisco Bay area. After leaving the active military, he went to work for a division of Johnson & Johnson, where he held positions of increasing leadership in manufacturing, national production planning, and major projects. After 10 years with Johnson & Johnson, he moved on to the Philips Lighting Company. There, as the logistics director for North America, along with his day-to-day P&L responsibilities, he successfully led a critical re-engineering project to optimize the company's nationwide distribution-center network, while improving the efficiency of order fulfillment, taking on new customers, and significantly reducing costs. Later, when selected by Benjamin Moore & Company as its director of logistics, Jim led that company's North American order-fulfillment process, as well as major mission-critical projects for improving customer satisfaction. Jim later pursued his entrepreneurial aspirations and became an equity partner and Senior Vice President for a regional office supply company, where he oversaw operations of the company and prepared it for its eventual sale to a much larger entity.
Jim holds a B.S. in business administration from the State University of New York at Brockport. Jim also excelled as a four-year starter on Golden Eagle’s football team.
Jim is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a contributing member of several nonprofit and faith-based initiatives.