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About James Lea

During a 20-year career as owner-executive of several closely held enterprises, Jim Lea experienced many of the challenges that face family owned companies. Since 1988, he has applied that experience and his on-going research to serving as advisor to family businesses in the US and other countries, helping to resolve human dynamics and performance issues affecting business planning and management. He provides situation-specific solutions to relationship and organizational problems.

Dr. Lea is also a sought-after speaker, appearing before local, national and international audiences of service professionals, trade associations, corporate managers, family business organizations, university programs and private family meetings. His book Keeping It In the Family: Successful Succession of the Family Business, published in English and Spanish, pioneered a unique succession planning process. Jim Lea is a syndicated newspaper and online columnist and also writes for business magazines, trade journals and specialty papers around the world. A professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he is quoted on family business issues in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Nation's Business, The Robb Report, Family Business Magazine, The Washington Post, and other publications, and he's featured in the PBS documentary Family Business: The Global Impact.

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James W. Lea, Ph.D.
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