James Gates, Partner
James brings a strong operational background to his search work. His practice is focused in technology, healthcare and franchised concepts with an emphasis on venture-backed and private equity businesses – areas in which he has deep expertise for advising clients on market conditions and talent.
In 2012, James helped launch the now Silicon Valley-based tech startup, FotoIN, the leading SaaS mobile endpoint for business photo documentation and reporting. Serving as Chief Operating Officer, he took the company from beta to revenue in 18 months by driving target market adoption and establishing channel partnerships with some of the best-known cloud storage businesses. Prior to that he spent several years in corporate healthcare.
James attended the J.B. Fuqua School in Farmville, Virginia, and has served as its commencement speaker. He earned his graduate and undergraduate degrees from University of Georgia and played on the lacrosse team. In 2017, he was selected to UGA’s "40 Under 40" recognizing distinguished young alumni.
James is married with two children and is a member of Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church. Outside of work he loves coaching his children’s soccer and lacrosse teams. He is an Advisory Board member at Shepherd Center and formerly served on the board of directors for Ecrebo, a SaaS retailer-to-customer communication channel technology company headquartered in London.