Rebecca Whitney, Partner

Jim Alcott

Jim Alcott is an entrepreneur and organizational leader. With a little smarts and a lot of good fortune, he’s been successful at both.

After serving in a marketing agency and in marketing positions for two banks, Jim co-founded Alcott Routon when he was 29-years old. Alcott Routon, a database marketing agency, counted more than one-fourth of the nation’s fifty largest financial institutions and other national brands as long-term clients. The firm was well-respected by clients, prospects, and competitors alike. The secret Alcott always said was attracting, motivating, and retaining the very best people.

As CEO, Alcott successfully negotiated the sale of the agency to a strategic buyer in 2004. Under Alcott’s leadership, the agency continued to grow post-acquisition, but he found himself spending more time than anyone would have hoped fighting to defend and preserve the agency’s culture—particularly in regards to motivating and retaining talent.

Due to the efforts of Alcott, partner and mentor Ed Routon, and other key leaders, the agency successfully maintained 88-90% employee retention rates in the years leading up to, and even following, the acquisition.

Jim co-founded Good Work Studios in 2007 to bridge the gap between business and social sphere activities, and to help organizations become more successful.

Jim has served in a variety of other leadership capacities in both for-profit and not-for-profit endeavors. He co-founded and continues to serve as a director of Altair Data Resources, Inc. He served as Board Chair for Safe Tables Our Priority, a national food-safety organization. Jim was invited to attend the First White House Conference on Missing, Exploited, and Runaway Children, and he also attended the signing of the National Amber Alert Law. In 2000, Jim was selected for, and subsequently completed, the Birthing of Giants program at MIT for exceptional entrepreneurs under the age of 40.