VGM’s Jim Walsh Retires as General Counsel
Well-known attorney helped build the VGM organization and was the ‘primary driver’ for strategies that helped shape the company.
Jim Walsh has retired from his position as general counsel of VGM Group Inc. That said, he will remain in an advisory role to assist VGM’s senior leadership team and chairman of the board of directors.
Walsh was the first investor in VGM when his friend Van G. Miller founded the member service organization in 1986. Walsh was a prominent attorney in VGM’s home city of Waterloo, Iowa, and did not join VGM as its full-time general counsel and a member of its senior leadership team until 1996. In that capacity, Walsh helped build VGM, and he has served as an advisor and resource to business leaders across the industry. He assumed the chairmanship of the board of directors following Miller’s death in 2015.
VGM Group CEO Mike Mallaro expressed “overwhelming gratitude and hearty congratulations” to Walsh on behalf of the VGM organization.
“Jim Walsh was integral to most everything that happened at VGM, especially in the first 30 years of the company’s existence,” Mallaro said. “He was the primary driver behind a number of strategies and decisions which shaped our company’s history and impact us today, and will long into the future.
“Serving as the steadying influence and strong number two behind a maverick and visionary entrepreneur is an incredibly important role, and one that is often overlooked and underappreciated,” he added. “VGM would not be the organization that it is today without Jim Walsh’s leadership and brilliance.”