Jim Freedman

Chairman and Managing Director, Intrepid Investment Bankers

Jim Freedman is managing director, chairman, and founding principal of Intrepid Investment Bankers. He has more than 35 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience and is an expert on the financial aspects of corporate strategy. In 1982, he founded Barrington Associates, the predecessor firm to Intrepid, which was sold to Wells Fargo Securities in 2006. He has acted as the principal financial adviser in hundreds of capital raisings and merger and acquisition transactions ranging in value from $20 million to $1 billion. Freedman serves on the boards of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Anderson School of Management, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research.

Enjoy most: The enthusiasm, perseverance, and success of entrepreneurs.

Toughest challenge: Starting a company from nothing and helping to build it into one of the most respected M&A advisory firms to middle-market companies in the U.S.

Proudest moment: Seeing my children achieve their own success.

Best advice: Never give up. Follow your passion with drive each and every day.

Most excited: I’m especially interested in technology and space exploration.

Fun fact: I played rugby in college; I was a baggage handler at LAX.

Alma Maters: Bachelor’s, Cornell University; MBA, UCLA.

Bucket list: Visit Bhutan.