Team Members

James Bland

Managing Director

Jim joined Akoya in 2018 as a Managing Director.

Jim has over 20 years of experience ranging from private equity to consulting and company operations.  He has spent the last thirteen years as a principal equity investor acquiring lower middle market companies as a partner for both a top-quartile institutional private equity fund (HCP & Company) and a multi-family office (Pareto & Company).  His responsibilities have included deal sourcing, transaction execution, portfolio company monitoring and value creation across a variety of industries including consumer products, healthcare services and for-profit education.   He has also been actively involved in capital raising strategies.   

Jim began his career as a US Army field artillery officer ultimately serving over eight years on active duty and in the US Army Reserve.   He has also worked in a range of management and consulting roles at HSBC and Capgemini (formerly Ernst & Young Strategic Advisory Services).  He also spent time in an operational role at @Link Networks, a telecommunications portfolio company of Madison Dearborn Partners and Columbia Ventures.    

Jim received his BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point where he still gives back as an elected Advisor-at-Large to the Board of Directors of the Association of Graduates. He holds an MBA in Finance and Organizational Behavior from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he received the Dean’s Award of Distinction. Jim also serves as a mentor for Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois.