James D. Maher

  • JD
  • CPA
  • PFS
  • CFP®
  • CEPA®
  • C(k)P®
  • AIF®
  • CRPS®
  • CRPC®

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Jim Maher, an attorney and CPA, holds a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He is the CEO and founder of Archford Capital Strategies who was named to the Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisory Practices. Believing that the most important asset for the business owner is the employees themselves, Jim has brought together an exceptional team of advisors.

Jim has earned seven certifications and designations along with his advanced degree. Three are the highest certifications obtainable in the retirement-plan benefit area. These designations help him to efficiently design and implement both financial and tax-advantaged plans. He also created a consulting division to assist business owners with a wide range of solutions for business continuation or succession planning. As a Certified Exit Plan Advisor (CEPA®), he helps closely held family businesses to establish resources for business owners in transition. As an award-winning, nationally recognized authority in estate planning, business transition and philanthropy, he is a sought-after trainer and presenter.

Maher is a member of the Missouri Bar, The National Center for Employee Ownership, and Vistage. He is president of the St. Louis Chapter – Exit Planning Institute and serves on the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois. In 2009, Maher was named “Donor Advisor of the Year” by Leave a Legacy, Planned Giving Counsel, and The Greater St. Louis Community Foundation.

Jim and Jenny have four boys who enjoy giving back to the community through philanthropy, traveling and playing soccer at a development academy and national team competitive level. Jim and Jenny are very proud of their boys for their high academic and sport achievements.