People make all the difference

The varied expertise of our team goes far beyond investment management to encompass retirement planning, tax and estate planning, risk management, philanthropic planning, education planning, and the full spectrum of financial counseling services. The teams coming together to support our clients include specialists with designations and degrees ranging from CFP®, CFA® and CPA to MBA, JD, LLM and PhD.

But, you’ll benefit from more than our technical know-how. From every team member you work with, you’ll sense a willingness to collaborate and to understand and appreciate your views and preferences…along with a selfless dedication to helping you attain your goals.

"Helping our clients help others, by extending their values through strategic philanthropy, is a service circle that raises everyone. I’m incredibly fortunate to be work with families in that role."

James Fitts, CFP®

Managing Director, Business Owner Services & Senior Family Wealth Advisor

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Jim is an experienced investment professional who consults with families on intergenerational gifting strategies, family wealth education, governance and philanthropy. He has extensive experience in assessing personal and business financial positions and advises family-owned businesses on ownership and management succession. He is coauthor of Your Next Adventure: Planning for Life After the Sale of Your Business. He also speaks at conferences and events about the human and emotional process that many business owners overlook when transitioning out of their businesses.

With over 42 years of experience in the financial services industry, Jim provides financial, retirement, estate and charitable gift planning; retirement plan distribution strategies; family business transition planning; investment counseling and portfolio design; education funding; tax planning; insurance assessment; and cash flow and debt management. Jim also provides family counseling and facilitates family meetings, an integral component of The Colony Group’s work.

Jim was Managing Director & Chief Planning Officer at Harvest Capital Management prior to merging with The Colony Group in 2019. Previously, Jim owned Newfound Advisors, LLC, a registered investment adviser, and held senior positions in commercial banking for 15 years.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Economics from Tufts University. In addition, he earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation in 1999.

Jim serves as the treasurer of the Mayhew Program, where he also sits on the Executive, Investment, Finance and Audit committees. He is also the treasurer of the Newfound Lake Region Association where he chairs the investment committee. He serves on the investment committee of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, and also chairs the advisory board of Education For All Children.

Outside of the office, he enjoys photography and is deeply committed to wildlife conservation. Jim is also an equestrian, former competitive triathlete and an instrument-rated pilot. He is a proud father and grandfather.