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Jim Franklin, J.D., M.B.A.
         Managing Director

Jim is CarriageStone's Managing Director.  Jim is Chief Operating Officer of the medical equipment supplier and pharmacy, Family Pharmacy Services, LLC.  Jim formerly practiced corporate, administrative, and regulatory law, specializing in contracts and financial matters, and corporate formations and restructurings, and M & A work as an attorney with McNair Law Firm, P.A. (now Burr & Forman, LLP).  Jim served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of a premier sports marketing, management, and public relations firm, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the business advisory services firm, Professional Management Consulting, Inc., where he negotiated, managed, and oversaw contracts in excess of $100 million, and Vice President and General Counsel and later Chief Operating Officer of the Salt Lake City-based private equity firm, Finance Management International, LLC.  Jim has also worked as a corporate lawyer/lobbyist for General Electric (GE), Association of American Publishers, Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc., and South Carolina State University, in the offices of former United States Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D.SC), former Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, II, (D.MA), South Carolina State Senators Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. (R) and Frank Gilbert (D), the corporate strategy and planning division of Bank of America, and as a consultant and CEO-advisor to several SBA 8(a), MBE firms.  Jim has served as a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, and as a certified contract advisor for the National Football League Players Association ("NFLA") and the National Basketball Players Association ("NBPA").  A former adjunct professor of business and economics at Allen University, Jim has served on the boards of PowerNet Computing, Inc., the non-profit- Embassy of Hope, Inc. (A Vince Carter Charity), the Work Support Advisory Council (Chairman), the South Carolina Commission on the Future Assembly, and Pegasus Demolition & Debris Removal Services, LLC. Jim has also served on the University of South Carolina School of Law Admissions Board, the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees (ex-officio), the Board of Trustees of the Harvard Cooperative Society, (Harvard/MIT), and the Coastal Carolina University Family Council.  Jim is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives ("ACHE") and a Certified Consultant with the Accreditation Commission for Healthcare, Inc. ("ACHC").



Harvard Business School, Harvard University

MBA, Corporate Strategy & Management, 1995

Robert Kraft Fellow

Michael Tennebaum (Bear Stearns) Fellow

University of South Carolina School of Law

JD, 1992

Legislative Editor, South Carolina Environmental Law Journal

Strom Thurmond Scholar

University of South Carolina Honors College

BA, Economics & Political Science, 1989

Student Body President 1988-89

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award




  • Business Start-ups 

  • Marketing & Sales

  • Corporate Formations

  • Strategy & Finance

  • Customer Relations

  • Government Contracting & Procurement, SBA Certifications & Lending Programs

  • Digital Technologies

  • Revenue Growth Management

  • Growth & Expansion

  • Sustainability

  • Regulatory & Administrative Issues

  • Financial Services

  • Business Advisory Services (M & A)

  • Governmental Affairs



"A Small Business' Approach to the PPP, EIDL, EIDL Advance and the Employee

Retention Credits under the CARES Act."  The Small Business Roundtable, March 2021.

“Teaming Arrangements and the Mentor-Protégé Program:

Two innovative SBA programs for SDB’s and 8(a) Firms,”

Professional Buyers Advantage, LLC, June 2010.


“Identifying and Retaining Women and Minority-owned Firms,”

A presentation to the civil and environmental engineering and construction

management firm, American Engineering Consultants, Inc.(“AEC”), May 2009.


“A Subcontractor’s Guide to Doing Business with the Government in

Response to Hurricane Katrina,” A presentation to Pegasus Demolition

and Debris Removal Services, LLC and Nungesser Industries, Inc., September 2005.


“The Impact of the New Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990,”

South Carolina Lawyer, March edition 1993.

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