Jim Spear


Jim Spear

Jim serves on and works as an advisor to several Boards including public, private and non-for-profit enterprises. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Trinity Forum, a thought leadership organization that addresses moral and cultural matters. Also, Jim serves as an advisor to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of Flowers Foods, Inc., a NYSE manufacturer and marketer of bread and snack products. He also serves as an advisor to Cadence Health, a large multi-hospital and medical group system in the western suburbs of Chicago. Jim served on the Board of Directors of Cadence Health and its predecessor companies for over 17 years. His roles included Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, as well as membership on the Executive, Compensation, Governance and Strategy Committees. 

In addition to his board and advisory work, Jim is an adjunct professor at Wheaton College teaching business ethics. He has continued to develop his interests in strategy and governance by pursuing a master designation in corporate governance from the National Association of Corporate Directors in addition to course work at Northwestern Kellogg Executive Education.

Jim served as an Executive Vice President at Cadence Health (the successor to Central DuPage Health) and Chief Financial Officer. At Cadence Health, Jim was part of the Executive team that led Cadence Health to be one of America’s Top 100 Hospitals for five consecutive years and the most profitable health system in the country.

Prior to joining Cadence Health, Jim had his own business specializing in advising boards of directors on strategic, financial and governance matters; was the co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer at BakeLine Group, LLC; the largest private label cookie manufacturer in the country; and before that, the Vice President of Finance at Keebler Foods. While at Keebler, Jim was part of the Executive team that bought the Company, led a significant turn-around, made four other acquisitions, took the company public, and operated it as a highly successful public company until its acquisition by Kellogg Company. He began his career with Price Waterhouse, where he served in the Chicago office in audit and information technology consulting, and the Chairman’s Office of the firm’s world headquarters in London.

Jim graduated from Miami University of Ohio and has an MBA from Indiana University. He is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. Jim and his wife, Elaine, have two adult children, both residing in the Chicago area, and a son who attends Wheaton Academy, a Christian high school.


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