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Adams & Knight Wins Best of Show

We’re proud to have won more awards than any agency at the Ad Club of CT’s annual award show—including Best of Show, best copywriting and best art direction honors.

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Jim spent 20 years as a CPA with firms such as Ernst & Young and Blum Shapiro. He brings a wealth of expertise in accounting, taxation and compliance to his role as Chief Financial Officer at Adams & Knight.

He’s responsible for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities for clients and the agency—including having direct responsibility for accounting, finance, forecasting, job costing, legal and property management.

Of which business achievements are you most proud?

Passing the CPA exam in one sitting. At the time I took the exam, there were four parts (given over three days): auditing, practice, theory and law. You needed to score at least a 75 on each exam to be given credit for that part. I studied hard, and it paid off.

At my former employer Blum Shapiro, to make partner one of the key factors is contributing to business development. Through past relationships, I was able to bring several significant clients to the firm. Not many CPAs focus on business development. To me, it is vital to the success of any business.

What traits help you succeed?

Not only do I understand the numbers, I can interpret what they mean. I also have an incredible drive to succeed. And I’m a good listener. I always try to really listen before I react. 

What motivates you?

A good challenge and work deadlines; I feel I perform better under pressure. The fear of failing; not that I’m afraid to fail. You learn many valuable lessons when that happens. The unknown. I come to work, and my day can take on a completely different path from what I may have had planned. 

How do you hold it together when things get stressful?

For the most part, I try to stay calm. I have a short prayer that I say to myself, and I do use it daily. I also remind myself that no one gets hurt physically doing what we do here on a daily basis. 

How have your roots contributed to who you are today?

I grew up in Enfield, Connecticut, the youngest of six children. My parents provided a loving, caring environment, and both possessed morals and values that they passed on to their children. I always admired my father’s passion and work ethic, and I try hard to emulate those traits.

Who are your heroes or role models?

My heroes and role models are my parents. I know this may sound clichéd, but it is true. My parents raised six kids (five boys, one girl) in a small two-bedroom cape. At 45, my father started his own successful auto repair business that supported three families. To accomplish all that they did, with what they had at that time, in my eyes is just remarkable. And to top it off, they celebrated 62 years of marriage together.

Any special interests?

At one time I collected sports memorabilia. I am also very involved in remodeling projects on my home. I really enjoy working with my hands.

What is your most treasured possession?

Besides my wife and boys, my father gave me two rings. The first he had made from his wedding band and my grandmother’s engagement ring. The second is an Irish Claddagh ring. Funny thing is, my father is French and my mother is Irish. I get the pleasure of passing these on to my boys.

What is the most important legacy you hope to leave?

When I am dead and gone, I want to be remembered by family, colleagues and friends as a very humble individual, by my wife as her perfect soul mate and by my sons as the greatest dad ever.