James C. Bly. Jr.

James C. Bly, Jr.
Co-Founder & Chairman Emeritus
Business Growth Alliance, LLC

James C. Bly, Jr. was the co-founder of BGA in 2004 and served as its Co-Chairman and CEO until 2017. He remains an owner, but has now retired from active involvement on the board or management of BGA. He has been given the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus for his vision and dedication to BGA and its commitment to the important role that family controlled businesses play in our economy. Mr. Bly was also a founder of HWSC, a multi-disciplinary professional services firm started in 1982. For 35 years, HWSC specialized in providing Family Enterprise Business Services to Business Owning Families and Family Offices, which own upper middle market companies or complex portfolios of operating businesses or operating assets. Most of HWSC's clients were second through seventh generation family-controlled business enterprises.

Ernst & Young, LLP (EY) acquired HWSC in 2017 and Mr. Bly is now an Executive Director of EY and practice leader in its Family Enterprise Business Services unit.

Mr. Bly has over 30 years of experience working with multi-generational family controlled businesses on matters related to growing larger, more valuable businesses; financing the growth of family-controlled companies; completing generational transitions of operating businesses; and on designing and implementing shareholder liquidity plans.

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