About CEO Tools

Every executive needs the right business tools and know-how to be successful

CEO Tools is a complete business system designed to assist mid-market CEOs achieve world-class profitability and growth by focusing on three key areas: clear communication, consistent execution and performance optimization.

In 2002, successful CEO and executive coach, Kraig Kramers published CEO Tools: The Nuts-n-Bolts of business for every manager’s success. The book soon became the go-to-manual for CEO’s around the world who wanted to build strong, profitable companies that would last into the future.

When Kraig passed away in 2014, Richard Kopelman, CEO of Aprio, LLP in Atlanta Georgia, purchased the CEO Tools assets to preserve and advance Kraig’s CEO Tools legacy. CEO Tools 2.0 is now powered by Aprio, LLP and Jim Canfield is proud to have been selected to pick up where Kraig left off by authoring this new version of Kraig’s book. 

As managing director of CEO Tools, Jim has years of academic and practical executive management experience. Throughout his career, Jim has focused on empowering CEOs and senior leaders to improve their businesses and their leadership skills through leadership development, executive coaching, business mentoring and peer-to-peer sharing.

Prior to joining Aprio and CEO Tools, Jim served as CEO of Renaissance Executive Forums, a leading membership organization for CEOs. He also worked with Vistage, the world’s largest CEO organization, as chief learning officer and VP of West Coast operations. He facilitated CEO groups in Memphis, for which he won a “Chair Excellence” award. Jim has over 20 years of experience as an executive coach, and has facilitated strategic planning initiatives for CEOs and executives globally.

Jim is a graduate of the Fogleman School of Business at the University of Memphis and the Rhodes College Institute for Executive Leadership. After graduating from the Institute for Executive Leadership, he was the leader of the Institute at Rhodes for almost a decade.

Under Jim’s leadership, CEO Tools will continue to evolve its offerings to include new books in the CEO Tools series, expanded online tools, executive leadership coaching, and speeches and presentations on critical topics for growing businesses.