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Johnnie James

President

Strengths:

  • AchieverPeople especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.
  • RelatorPeople especially talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.
  • StrategicPeople especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
  • MaximizerPeople especially talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.
  • LearnerPeople especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

Professional Experience

Johnnie joined Resource Consulting Group in October 2016 as President. He works closely with the management team to oversee the day-to-day processes and systems that support our operations, assist our wealth advisors in serving our diverse clients and families, and provide the long-term strategic vision for the firm.

Johnnie is a 1980 graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a 1981 graduate with a master’s in taxation with honors. After earning his CPA in 1982, Johnnie spent the next 30 years providing tax, business, and succession planning advice to privately held businesses and high-net-worth families with Arthur Andersen, KPMG, McGladrey (RSM), and Tedder, James, Worden & Associates. The common theme throughout was Johnnie’s focus on adding value, building trust, and securing the future of his clients. For the last five years, Johnnie has been “hands on” leading a privately-owned Florida trucking company, and developing his family owned berry farm/vineyard in North Carolina.

As a fifth-generation Floridian, Johnnie has been very active in supporting organizations in the community by taking leadership roles with numerous non-profits including Boys Town of Central Florida, Junior Achievement, YMCA, Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida, First United Methodist Church of Winter Park, Interlachen Country Club, Gilchrist Club, High Country Wine Growers Association, and Friends of Beech Outreach.  This active involvement led to Johnnie receiving the Orlando Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award, the Central Florida YMCA Volunteer award, and the McGladrey Partner Achievement award.

Johnnie enjoys spending time outside in both Florida and North Carolina playing golf, biking, hiking, and fly fishing.

Personal Thoughts

“Yes, Sir!” “No, Ma’am!” This was foundational language growing up as the first son of a 24-year Army veteran who served tours in Korea and Vietnam. In our home discipline was everything – you make your bed every day, do your homework before you go outside and play sports, and get your chores done, as assigned. At the time, I didn’t appreciate how all of this was developing me, but I now see why “achiever” is my number one StrengthsFinder skill. It was the core of my development as a youth and it is now one of my strengths as an adult. Today I’m passionate about creating winning teams that achieve their goals.

Another result of growing up in a military family is moving. Every two or three years my father got a new assignment in a different location. I went to seven different schools by the time I was in 12th grade. Because of this, I became very good at making new friends quickly. I also learned how to identify the right groups to associate with, which were usually sports teams. I was always good enough to make the team as a starter but never as a star. I realize now how all those moves helped me develop both my relator and strategic skills that now form part of my top five strengths. It also created a deep need for me to be part of a team.

My dad finally retired from the Army before my sophomore year of high school, and we moved back to central Florida. That same year my uncle, who was a CPA, a Florida grad, and the only person I’d known who had gone to college, took me to Gainesville for my first Gator game. It was there that he challenged me to go to college. He told me that if I could get my grades up and get into UF, he would help pay my way based on my grades. Little did he know he was talking to an achiever. Three years later I graduated third in my high school class and was accepted into UF.

It was during this time that I moved away from a sports-focused life to a learning-focused life. Every semester I would send my uncle a copy of my grades and, true to his word, he would send me a check for tuition reimbursement. When it came time to declare a major, there was only one option. I wanted to be a CPA like my uncle. He was a role model of success for me and his generosity exceeded anything I experienced before. Today I see investing in the education of others as a key differentiator in helping them grow and reach their true potential.