Jim Hanson is a partner at Acuity Mergers + Acquisitions and brings insight and perspective from his experiences both with the nonprofit world and as an attorney.
After growing up as a preacher’s kid, Jim attended Ozark Christian College to pursue a Bachelor of Theology in Preaching Ministry. Seven semesters into a ten semester program, Jim was re-thinking his goals and decided to take a break from this program.
Jim enlisted in the United States Army in 1995 as a Signals Intelligence-Electronic Warfare Linguist. He studied Korean language and culture at the Defense Language Institute before serving a year in the Republic of Korea. Jim served as a team leader of a team of five soldiers and attended the Primary Leadership Development Course during his tour in South Korea. After completing his enlistment at Ft. Lewis WA in 1999, Jim returned to his studies at Ozark Christian College and served as Preaching Minister to two congregations. Jim graduated with his BTh in 2001.
Just after graduation, Jim’s father passed away at the age of 59. This prompted Jim to reassess his future goals and objectives. As a result, Jim enrolled at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law where he earned his JD in 2004.
While studying law, Jim served as Research Assistant to Prof. Carl Esbeck, a nationally recognized scholar in the law of Religious Freedom and Church-State Relations. Jim was exposed to employment and education law issues involving religious discrimination claims, as well as more general issues involving both federal and state constitutions, statutes and regulations. In addition to assisting Prof. Esbeck in various writing projects, Jim also had his own article (Missouri’s RFRA: A New Approach to the Cause of Conscience, 69 Mo. L. Rev. 853 (2004)) published in the Missouri Law Review.
After law school, Jim worked first for a law practice devoted entirely to Estate and Business Planning. He was trained in trust-based estate planning by the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys. After leaving this firm, Jim entered general practice where he was engaged in civil litigation, family law generally, and some criminal defense work.
In 2008, Jim moved to Indiana to take a position as a corporate attorney for Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. While providing risk management and legal analysis to both insureds and agents, Jim also earned his Chartered Property andamp; Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designations. During this period Jim also earned his MBA at Taylor University.
Since leaving the insurance company, Jim has returned to private law practice and began working in the area of business brokering. After meeting Dave Kaverman at a business brokerage firm, Jim partnered with Dave to launch Acuity Mergers + Acquisitions in July of 2014.
Jim continues to serve as adjunct faculty for Indiana Wesleyan University and Taylor University-Online teaching Business Law and Business Ethics.
Alliance of Mergers & Acquisitions Advisors (AM&AA)
M & A Source
International Business Brokers Association (IBBA)
Current Professional Designations:
Indiana Law License (Active – Good Standing)
Missouri Law License (Inactive – Good Standing)
Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
Associate in Risk Management (ARM)