HELLO! I’M JIM HOGGATT
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2018 TO 2021 - ADVERSITY, TRANSITION & SUCCESS
May I ask you to take some time to hear my story?
Walt Disney once said: "All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you."
As I reflect on the positive and negatives things that have been said over the past three years...the encouragers and the hecklers... I'm reminded of the quote from Proverbs 20:3: "It is to one's honor to avoid strife. But every foolish person is quick to argue," and from Proverbs 29:9, "If a wise man argues with a foolish person, the foolish person only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet." Trying to discuss logic with a heckler is often a waste of time.
Over my life, I've made many mistakes and done some foolish things (as my wife and children can attest), and we've lived through some adversity. This is the short story of my world from May 2018 to June 2021.
The Turning Point
As a brief background, I joined a large national CFO consulting firm in January 2014. As a Senior Partner in the firm for most of this five year period, I had developed a successful practice in Phoenix and Kansas City and had been asked on many occasions to help recruit new partner candidates.
After a 6+ year battle with dementia, my mom Dorothy passed away in May of 2018, and my mother-in-law Ruth passed away about six weeks later. Both Dorothy and Ruth were in their 90's...great Christian ladies who were ready to go home to meet their Savior. The remaining part of 2018 was a time for family, moving their treasured possessions, and closing out the estates.
Toward the end of 2018, I worked to rebuild my client base and re-connect with my business network. I had also volunteered to help my firm with several projects to prepare for the upcoming 2019 annual meeting. Life, I thought, was starting to get back to normal.
The Birth of ExecHQ
In February 2019, the managing partner at my firm* emailed me and said they would be demoting me from my Senior Partner status as a result of my 2018 earnings being lower than they expected. Although they were well aware of the deaths in my family, it was another reminder of things that many of us have seen in many companies and firms today... that earnings and profits are more important than family. So immediately after receiving this news, I wrote out my notice of retirement and hand-delivered it to the corporate office on the same day.
What I had experienced in the years leading up to the deaths in 2018 taught me a great lesson...family and faith need to come first. Although personal and firm revenues and profits may drop significantly when you are caring for loved ones, caring for loved ones is more important than revenues and profits.
Determined to create an advisory firm where the firm's advisors (even if I were the only one in the firm) could openly put their families first, I formed CEO Solutions Partners in March 2019. After a rebranding process later that year, I renamed my firm to ExecHQ. In late April 2019, we added our first executive advisor (other than myself). We had now doubled in size...from a one-person firm to a two-person firm. :)
Since its founding in March 2019, ExecHQ has grown to over 130 Executive Advisors in 35 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. We have over 50 Strategic Alliance Partner firms in North America. We are also part of one of the best CPA firm alliances in the United States. Despite critics, hecklers, struggles and a world-wide pandemic, we are blessed to have a great organization with unbelievably talented people and a great culture.
I want to thank my family, many of my former partners, our current business associates, and our clients for their encouragement and the trust they've put in us.
The struggles that I've faced are nothing compared to what many people have endured throughout the world's history. Although you may face struggles, critics, and hecklers, I would encourage you to persevere and follow after your dreams, pursue truth, and seek to bring kindness and peace to all people.
Grace and peace! Jim
* Note: Shortly following my retirement from this firm, this same individual began publishing false information about me and my family, and then sued me, my wife, and my company alleging a number of false accusations. After our efforts to resolve the issue in a professional manner were unsuccessful, we hired a law firm to defend ourselves. Once this happened, this individual directed his attorneys to withdraw the lawsuit against us, we settled at a nominal cost to us, and they notified the courts that this matter was "settled" in July 2019. Despite this "settlement," my ex-firm continues to publish their false accusations on their website, seeming to ignore the fact that they filed a motion with the courts to dismiss the case with prejudice on July 3, 2019. Please join me in praying and wishing well to this individual and his firm, and that he will find peace for whatever it is that troubles him.
FOUNDER & CEO
March 2019 to Present
Founder and CEO at ExecHQ.
February 2014 to February 2019
Senior Partner at a national CFO firm.
CFO, INTERIM CFO & CONSULTING CFO
Several great companies & clients.
February 2012 to February 2014
FOUNDER & CEO
January 1998 to February 2012
Lindar, LLC. Real Estate Development (1998-2012) and Residential Construction (1998-2005).
VP FINANCE AND CFO
January 1986 to January 1998
Apollo Group, Inc. (now Apollo Education Group) - CFO responsible for all finance and accounting for fast-growing educational company (parent company of the University of Phoenix, Institute for Professional Development, Western International University, etc.) An integral part of the company's Initial Public Offering (IPO) and secondary public offerings, including co-presenter with CEO on IPO roadshows.
AUDIT MANAGER ('84 TO '86)
June 1979 to January 1986
PriceWaterhouseCoopers - Responsible for managing audit process, audit staff and relationships with clients. Worked on a good mix between large multinational corporations, and a variety of small businesses in the Phoenix area. Started as a Staff Accountant in 1979, promoted to Senior Accountant and then Audit Manager in 1984.
ACADEMICS & CERTIFICATIONS
Learning and Living
BSBA IN ACCOUNTING
Abilene Christian University - Abilene, TX.
1975 to 1979
CPA IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA
Retired Status as of 2018.
October 1981 to Present (currently in retired status)
What I Love the Most
Not perfect, but saved through Jesus Christ and obedience to His gospel.
Not perfect as a husband, but my wife and I have been together for 40+ years.
Definitely not perfect as a dad, but our two children are out of the house, married and are doing well!
Not a perfect grandfather, but have three perfect grandchildren.
CEO AT EXECHQ
Fortunately, each of our Executive Consultants is smarter than me and keep me on my toes! I'm passionate about helping each of them be as successful as possible at home and for their clients.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."
2 Corinthians 1:3