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Working together.  Building value.

Providing board, management, and business advisory services for early stage to medium sized companies, family businesses, and non-profit organizations.  At CJN Advisors, we help clients navigate operational challenges, execute transactions, and prepare for management or generational transitions.  We assist with finding creative solutions, delivering financial analysis, and guiding teams to deliver strategic results.


The best way to increase your chances of success is to do a lot of early preparation.  This sounds simple, but will likely take your largest investment of time, planning, and resources – and, perhaps, may prove to be the most frustrating and challenging, but most rewarding – of any of the steps throughout the process.


Decisions are important for the sustainability of all companies, organizations, and especially family-owned businesses.  Growth, use of profits, liquidity, control, and associated risks are all interrelated and must be considered.  This starts with a mission, a shared vision, and requires regular and transparent communication.  To support your efforts and strengthen the possibility of turning your goals into a reality, let the professionals at CJN Advisors help you prepare.


                                         James Baughman is the founder and President of CJN Advisors, LLC.  He possesses                                           an expansive background of leadership and governance experience with public                                                 and private companies. His strong transactional and operational experience make him a skilled mentor with keen insight. He has repeated success building diverse teams, and a proven ability to to find creative solutions, provide financial analysis, and deliver strategic results.   He currently focuses on working with growing companies, family-owned businesses, as well as serving on the Board of Trustees for Dupree Mutual Funds ($1.4 billion), the Advisory Board for Community Trust Bank, N.A. (NASDAQ: CTBI, $5.4 billion), and as Board Member for the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.

Mr. Baughman's professional highlights include:

  • Board Member.  Public and private companies, mutual fund, international trade association, non-profits.

  • Executive Roles.  Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Financial Officer.

  • Transactions.  Negotiated and completed 170+ transactions valued at $1.6+ billion, including initial public offering and follow-on equity offering.

  • Operations.  Scaled from startup to 300+ employees, $300+ million budget, locations in 23 states.

  • Rapid Growth.  Twice recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies.

  • Repeated Success.  Grew into national leader, and sold four businesses.  Started three of these.

- FEAT Certified Facilitator (2022; Family Enterprise Assessment Tool)
- NACD Board of Governance Fellow (2012; National Association of Corporate Directors)

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