Jim McComb is SVP and Practice Leader of the ENP Insititute. He is also Senior Vice President of Finance in the group that supports consumer direct mortgage lending at Bank of America, a role he assumed three years ago upon the Bank’s acquisition of his previous employer, Countrywide Home Loans. For the previous five years, he was Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning at Countrywide, then America’s largest mortgage lender and servicer. His present responsibilities include strategic planning, associate engagement, project management, internal communication, training and professional development, performance management, client relationship management, and administrative support for the Centralized Sales Finance Group.
Prior to coming to Countrywide, Jim was Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Planning for WesCorp, the nation’s largest corporate credit union. Earlier, he served as the managing director of an Oregon advertising agency, as a senior level marketing management executive in commercial banking, and as a partner in the Centre for Strategic Management, a global management consulting firm headquartered in San Diego. Jim was also a member of the senior management team of Community First Bankshares, America’s largest community bank holding company, in the early 1990’s.
While with the Centre, Jim worked as a marketing and strategy consultant (the $60 billion Farm Credit System was his largest personal client) and as an executive coach, working with CEOs and business owners to help them turn failing businesses around, and to help them take successful businesses to the next level. The author of numerous journal articles and three books, including Undiscovered Horizons: Finding & Fulfilling Your Own Unique Personal Destiny, Jim sometimes spends his weekends traveling the nation as a motivational speaker and personal coach, working with Americans in all walks of life to help them successfully pursue their personal destinies.
With 30 years of experience in business management, he is an authority on strategy and forecasting, corporate positioning, value creation, zero based budgeting, the customer experience, competitive advantage, cultural change and employee engagement. A frequent keynote speaker at conventions and conferences, Jim was a segment host on the American Financial Skylink television network, was elected to two terms in the Oregon Legislature, and chaired the school board in that state’s second largest district. In 1991, he was honored by President George H. W. Bush for creating the “Dream House CD,” which made home ownership possible for thousands of first-time homebuyers across America.
Jim is a past national president of the Association for Strategic Planning, and is on the Board of the Executive Next Practices Forum in Los Angeles. He developed the strategic planning process at one of the largest churches in Southern California, and volunteers time to facilitate board planning sessions for Inland Empire non-profits including Camp Fire, the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. Jim was elected to the Strategic Planning Hall of Fame in 2009, holds a professional membership in the World Future Society, and became one of the nation’s first Certified Strategic Management Professionals in February 2010.
He holds a B.S. in Finance from the Stokely School of Management at the University of Tennessee, a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and graduated with Distinction from the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing & Management at the University of Colorado.