Jim founded Liberty Capital Partners in 1994 and spent over 30 years starting, building and buying a broad array of over 50 companies domestically and internationally. His industry experience includes wealth management, business services, distribution, real estate & construction, software, franchising, manufacturing and media. He has served for 15 years as the CEO of operating companies and 15 years as the Managing Partner of private equity firms. Jim has served on the Boards of Directors of over 25 companies and chaired numerous boards, audit committees, compensation committees and executive committees. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Jim also served as the Managing Partner of Park Avenue Equity Partners, a NYC-based private equity firm specializing in providing growth capital to middle market companies.
Jim was the Chairman and CEO of Boston based All Seasons Services, Inc., the nation’s leading independent provider of vending, dining and office refreshment services with over 2000 employees. Jim bought the company and created a structure for the company’s employees to become owners. Jim and his team grew the company from $80 million in revenue to over $200 million by acquiring 36 other competing companies and successfully integrating them into All Seasons. Mr. Gladney and his management team ultimately sold the company which generated a sevenfold return for investors, including many of the company’s employees.
Jim was Chairman and CEO of Federal Investment Co., Inc. in Providence, RI. Under his leadership, the diversified real estate development company grew to become New England’s largest homebuilder, winning the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Chip Enterprise Award.
Jim has served as an investor and board member of numerous successful companies conducting business domestically and internationally. Merrill Lynch and Ernst & Young named Jim a nominee for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award three times. Jim was selected by the Boston Business Journal for its inaugural “40 Under 40” designation which recognizes the accomplishments of the best and brightest business people under the age of 40.
Jim graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Rhode Island.