James Cook is a Vice President at Blackford Capital. James joined Blackford in 2014 as a member of the Portfolio Company Operations Team, where he works with several portfolio companies and their management teams from the due diligence process through the exit to help promote growth, efficiency and the overall success of the business. James also leads the Cross-Portfolio Initiatives at Blackford, with a focus on knowledge sharing and leveraging synergies across the portfolio. Prior to Blackford, James worked as the Director of Human Resources for private equity owned Hastings Manufacturing Company.
James holds an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hobart College where he was a 4-year member of the varsity squash team and student member of the Economics Department Advisory Board.