Founder and CEO ReGENERATION Partners – Dallas, Texas
James Olan Hutcheson is the founder of ReGENERATION Partners and is devoted exclusively to assisting family owned and managed enterprises increase shareholder value, improve communication, and resolve conflicts. Mr. Hutcheson has more than 25 years of “hands-on” family business experience beginning with his own family’s business, Olan Mills Inc., the world’s largest portrait photography company. Mr. Hutcheson joined Olan Mills in 1976 and rose through the ranks to eventually head all of Olan Mills Studios-a family business with over 1,000 locations and 15,000 employees. Mr. Hutcheson left Olan Mills Inc. in 1995 to begin working with other family owned and managed firms that were experiencing many of the issues he experienced while with his family’s firm. Since forming ReGENERATION, he has worked with many of the premier family enterprises throughout the United States. In addition to degrees in Psychology, Sociology, and a Masters in Business Administration, Mr. Hutcheson is a member of several corporate boards and not-for profit organizations; including The Family Firm Institute, the governing association for professionals that work with family enterprises. Each year Mr. Hutcheson logs numerous presentations and publications on issues related to family business, serves as the contributing writer for Financial Planning Magazine, and is routinely featured in major media including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNBC, MSNBC, and PBS. Mr. Hutcheson is the author of Portraits of Success: 9 Keys to Sustaining Value in Any Business, (Dearborn Publishers, August 2002), an inspirational management and leadership book, loves to snow ski and water ski, ride his Harley-Davidson and is working on his next book.