James McNeil

Jim McNeil

Executive Vice President & Chief Executive – Business + Trade Industry Practice


"By serving our client organizations, we have the privilege of making a difference in the lives of so many people."

Jim McNeil serves as executive vice president & chief executive of SmithBucklin’s Business + Trade Industry Practice. With more than 30 years of experience working with associations and for-profit companies, Jim leads all aspects of the practice, including strategy, client organization service delivery and performance, new client development, talent development and acquisition, operational excellence, financial management and thought leadership.

Jim joined SmithBucklin in 2011, serving as executive director of the Bank Insurance & Securities Association, where he successfully managed all aspects of the association’s operations and met the strategic goals set by BISA’s leadership.

Prior to joining SmithBucklin, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for BAI, an innovative membership-based association providing high-value information, education and research to the global financial services industry. He also served as chief operating officer for a division of The Times Mirror Company (now McGraw-Hill), leading product development and delivery, marketing and sales performance.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in marketing, journalism and advertising from Iowa State University, and he has completed the Kellogg Management Institute Executive Program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.