Mr. Simmons is the founder and CIO of ICM Asset Management, an investment advisory firm founded in 1981. Jim has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1985 and has over four decades of experience in security analysis portfolio management. As ICM’s Chief Investment Officer, he leads portfolio strategy for all portfolios with a particular emphasis on undiscovered and turn-around small cap companies. In addition, Jim has been active over the years in assisting small start-up companies in Spokane and the Northwest. As Chairman of the Board of ICM he also provides the overarching strategic direction for the firm. Before founding ICM, Jim served as the head of Old National Bank’s trust investment department, and prior to this, as a portfolio manager with the bank now known as Comerica. Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Michigan State University, and is a member of both CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Spokane.