Jim Gladney founded Liberty Capital Partners in 1994. Liberty Capital Partners and its affiliates manage over $1.5 billion dollars on behalf of individual and institutional investors.
Jim is an experienced venture capitalist, private equity investor and CEO who has spent the past 30 years building a broad array of over 50 companies domestically and internationally.
He has served for 15 years as the Managing Partner of venture capital/private equity firms and 15 years as the CEO of operating companies. His industry experience includes software, media, hospitality, business services, distribution, real estate & construction, franchising and manufacturing.
Jim has served on the Boards of Directors of over 25 companies and has served as Chairman of the board and of various executive, audit, compensation, governance, and succession planning committees. He is a recognized expert in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Corporate Advisory, Strategic Planning, Industry Consolidations, Franchising, Real Estate Development, Negotiation, Public Relations and Sales & Marketing.
Jim currently serves as Chairman of the Board of RentBits/Remotely, a Denver based technology company.
Jim served as the Managing Partner of Park Avenue Equity Partners, a NYC based private equity firm specializing in acquiring middle market companies.
Jim was Chairman and CEO of Boston based All Seasons Services, Inc., the largest privately owned provider of vending, dining and office refreshment services in the nation with over 2000 employees. Mr. Gladney led a management group that acquired All Seasons and then acquired 36 additional competitors in the industry executing a successful industry consolidation strategy. He grew the business from $80 million in revenue to over $200 million in revenue and sold the company, generating a sevenfold return to investors in just over three years.
Jim was Chairman and CEO of Federal Investment Co., Inc. Under his leadership, the diversified real estate development company grew to become New England’s largest homebuilder, winning the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Chip Enterprise Award. Federal Investment Co., Inc. was engaged in the acquisition, design, permitting, development, construction, marketing and management of residential communities and commercial developments across New England.
Merrill Lynch and Ernst & Young named Mr. Gladney a nominee for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award on three separate occasions. Inc. magazine has twice named his companies to the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held companies in the country. Mr. Gladney was selected by the Boston Business Journal for its inaugural “40 Under 40” designation which recognizes the accomplishments of the best and brightest business people under the age of 40.
Jim is a Founding Member of the Providence Chapter of Legatus, a Catholic CEO group and served on the Legatus International Board of Governors. Mr. Gladney served on the Board of Regents for the Portsmouth Abbey School, a Benedictine Catholic Boarding School and established a scholarship fund for students interested in religious vocations.
Jim has been married for 25 years and has four children. He is an avid golfer and licensed pilot.
Jim graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. degree in Finance.