For a third year James Earwicker, CFO of Mindgruve and Mindgruve Ventures, has been named a finalist for San Diego Business Journal’s (SDBJ) CFO of the Year Awards. The virtual show, scheduled for March 9, 2023, recognizes financial executives who often work behind the scenes of their respective companies bolstering their success while positively impacting the community at large. Nominees come from a variety of industries, including marketing, tech, real estate, manufacturing, and defense, among others.

James is a versatile leader with more than 25 years of experience and expertise in financial management, business planning, sales management, and business development. His leadership at both Mindgruve and Macarta have contributed to both companies being recognized on the Inc. 5000 list for the past three years consecutively. He’s widely recognized for identifying critical issues and implementing effective solutions. This expertise and proven thought leadership has made James an ideal candidate for CFO at Mindgruve Holdings and Mindgruve Ventures. Since assuming the role, he’s implemented meaningful change at a rapid pace with the support of executive leadership. He has been instrumental in training accounting staff to tighten and streamline processes while fostering engagement.

James finds time to also serve as a core adjunct professor in the School of Business Management at National University. He routinely teaches courses in business finance, corporate valuation and managerial accounting while mentoring students from varying backgrounds and professional levels. He volunteers at the local YMCA, Food Bank, and United Way. 

James also worked with Mindgruve’s corporate foundation to engage in targeted philanthropic efforts and was instrumental in building the foundation for a multi-year giving effort.

Prior to Mindgruve and Mindgruve Ventures, James served as Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank for nearly 24 years. He holds a BA in Physics and English from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA in Finance from San Diego State University. 

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