Vistage Chair Bob James launches new private advisory board for chief executives in Charlotte, NC

San Diego, November 17, 2015— Vistage Chair Bob James has recently launched a new chief executive group in the Charlotte, North Carolina market. The new Vistage members will meet monthly to discuss business issues, share expertise, and provide one another confidential help to achieve their goals. James is part of a community of more than 800 Chairs worldwide who lead local area groups, which total more than 45,000 members in 35 countries.

Vistage Regional Executive Jim Walsh applauded his success: “I have had the good fortune to partner with Bob James since we both attended FOVC1 in early May 2015. Bob has accomplished his most impressive personal Goal, Launched within his planned timeline with 10 solid members and 3 looking to sign.  I have watched Bob in amazement over these last few months as he courageously faced extreme personal adversity due to a potentially crippling accident. His attitude of gratitude, strong family and faith kept him moving forward and closer to his goal. He has amazed us and inspired us all and his members to face life’s challenges.  With an accepting open heart and a vision for all that is great in life and relationships.  One of Bob’s new members pulled me aside at a recent event and beautifully described how fortunate he and the group are to have Bob as their Chair, mentor, their coach and friend.  Congrats to you Bob, you are an inspiration to us all.”

Bob James’ banking career spans nearly 40 years.  He served as President and CEO of First Charter Bank, a $5 billion publicly traded Charlotte regional bank; and as North Carolina President and CEO for Fifth Third Bank, a $130 billion regional bank, before retiring in 2012. He currently serves as Senior Advisor for Grant Thornton, LLP. Bob has expertise in strategic planning, governance, mergers and acquisitions, credit and financial analysis, operations and marketing.  He has a B.S. in Business Administration from UNC Chapel Hill, and a Master’s from the LSU Graduate School of Banking. Bob enjoys helping businesses and business leaders grow and reach their full potential.

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