James Ward
Founder & Managing Partner

Kingsbridge Capital Partners









2300 Main St., Suite 900
Kansas City, MO 64108


Jim Ward is a founder and Managing Partner of Kingsbridge Capital Partners. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and businessman with more than 40 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, management consulting, strategic planning and information technology.

During the course of his investment banking career, Jim has represented privately-owned middle-market companies throughout the United States and Canada. As a seasoned business owner, Jim brings a unique perspective to every engagement he works on. He is passionate about helping each and every business owner design new and valuable options to prepare themselves and their business for a successful transition of ownership. In addition, Jim works closely with a select group of private equity investors and strategic buyers to help them design and implement successful targeted acquisition programs.

Jim became an investment banker in 2002 after selling his interest in a very successful international management consulting firm he founded in 1991. The firm served Fortune 50 companies in the United States, England, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan. Before founding that firm, Jim held senior level management positions in the Management Consulting Division of Ernst & Young and in the Information Technology Division of Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Jim has extensive experience working with senior level management of both public and private corporations. Jim’s professional yet relaxed style makes him equally comfortable in the board room or on the manufacturing floor. His 40 years of experience gives Jim a practical, insider’s understanding of many industries including information technology, manufacturing, distribution, business services, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, banking, mutual funds, telecommunications, government and higher education.

Jim has been an active member of several national and regional business associations and served as President of the Kansas City Business Broker’s Association (KCBBA). Jim has also devoted significant time and resources to serving his community including serving as a City Council Member and as the Mayor of the city in which he and his family have lived.

Jim earned his Executive Fellows Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. His training, certifications and years of experience as a machinery & equipment appraiser, qualifies him to provide USPAP compliant appraisals for the IRS, SBA and other government agencies. Mr. Ward is also a Licensed Real Estate Broker-Officer.

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