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James Sukeforth

  • Overseer

James A. Sukeforth

James A. Sukeforth

Sasaki Associates, Inc.

Jim Sukeforth brings considerable experience and professional leadership to the BAC in the areas of financial expertise, firm management, and longtime involvement in the design professions.

During his tenure as CEO and President of Sasaki Associates for almost 30 years, Mr. Sukeforth was responsible for the overall direction and management of a nationally-recognized architectural design firm that ranged from 150 to 350 employees. He oversaw all activity relating to the financial, human resources, and information systems departments, both at the strategic and operational levels.

As chair of the firm's Executive Committee, he had full responsibility for strategic direction-setting, as well as day-to-day operations of the firm. Mr. Sukeforth also chaired Sasaki's Strategic Marketing Group, which set direction, priorities, and resources for firm-wide initiatives.

Mr. Sukeforth was appointed the first non-design Principal of Sasaki in 1983, and then was elected President one year later. As President and CEO, he led the firm through three recessions as Sasaki achieved significant overall revenue growth and continual increases in its stock value. He also successfully negotiated both a significant acquisition and partial disposition that helped raise capital for the firm.

Under Mr. Sukeforth's leadership, Sasaki Associates won over 300 prestigious design awards, including Firm of the Year from the American Society of Landscape Architects and a similar award from the American Planning Association in 2012.

Mr. Sukeforth was also engaged in many other professional activities while at Sasaki. He founded Mass Bay Insurance Company to self-insure the firm, resulting in insurance premium savings in excess of $2,000,000. He also managed $15,000,000 of real estate as managing partner of various LLCs, including acquisitions, development, dispositions, leasing, and operations.

Mr. Sukeforth was formerly employed as Controller for Charles River Associates and as Audit Manager for Deloitte + Touche (formerly Deloitte Haskins & Sells).

Mr. Sukeforth has been honored on many occasions his excellent management record and has been a frequent guest lecturer speaking on topics relating to improving the business performance of A/E/C organizations. He has serves as Chair of Board of the Hideo Sasaki Foundation. Mr. Sukeforth has also supported the Charles River Watershed Association, the Cambridge Historical Society, the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Watertown Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of Maine Huts and Trails.

Mr. Sukeforth attended Northeastern University, where he earned his MS in Accounting and BS in Business Management.