Jim became an M&A advisor in 2002 after selling his interest in a very successful global management consulting firm he founded in 1991. Before founding that firm, Jim held senior level management positions in the Management Consulting Division of Ernst & Young and in the Information Technology Division of Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Jim has extensive experience working with senior level management of both public and private corporations. Jim's professional yet relaxed style makes him equally comfortable in the board room or on the manufacturing floor. His 40 years of experience gives Jim a practical, insider's understanding of many industries including manufacturing, distribution, pharmaceuticals, banking, mutual funds, telecommunications, technology services, government and higher education.

Jim has been an active member of several national and regional business associations and served as President of the Kansas City Business Broker's Association (KCBBA). Jim has also devoted significant time and resources to serving his community including serving as a City Council Member and as the Mayor of the city in which he and his family have lived.

Jim earned his Executive Fellows Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. His training, certifications and years of experience as a machinery & equipment appraiser, qualifies him to provide USPAP compliant appraisals for the IRS, SBA and other government agencies. Jim is also a Licensed Real Estate Broker-Officer.

Jim and his wife Laura live in the Kansas City metro area. In his spare time, Jim enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, boating, reading, and watching movies.

Specialty Practice Groups:

Auto Auctions

Energy Distribution
Business Services
Information Technology
Trucking and Transportation
Exit Planning
Business Valuations
Machinery & Equipment Appraisals 

Contact Information

Jim Ward, EMBA

Two Pershing Square
2300 Main Street, Suite 900
Kansas City, MO 64108

Phone: (816) 448-3737

Email: Jim.Ward@KingsbridgeCapitalPartners.com 

Two Pershing Square ▪ 2300 Main Street ▪ Kansas City, Missouri 64108 ▪ 816-522-0929

James R. (Jim) Ward

Jim Ward is a Founder and Managing Partner of Kingsbridge Capital Partners, a middle market Investment Banking firm, headquartered in the Kansas City, Missouri. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and businessman with more than 40 years of experience in management consulting, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, information technology and machinery and equipment appraisals.

During the course of his investment banking career, Jim has represented privately-owned lower middle-market companies throughout the United States and Canada. As a seasoned business owner, Jim brings a unique perspective to every engagement he works on. He is passionate about helping each and every business owner design new and valuable options to prepare themselves and their business for a successful transition of ownership. In addition, Jim works closely with a select group of private equity investors and entrepreneurs to help them design and implement successful targeted acquisition programs.