James (“Jamey”) B. Edwards has been working with Language Access Network since 2008 when, as the CEO of Emergent Medical Associates, he led an investor group in taking the company private. Mr. Edwards headed the team who overhauled the Company’s business model, product delivery and operations resulting in the language services pioneer evolving into the industry leader in unified medical communications and the subsequent spinout of the Company’s video contact center, network infrastructure and IT services team into Carenection, one of the largest telehealth marketplaces in the nation.
Prior to joining LAN, he was a member of the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers. Based in New York, he consummated transactions totaling more than $5 billion for leading companies including dj Orthopedics, InterActive Corp, Greenfield Online, Premier Retail Networks, Six Flags, Viasystems, YouBet.com, Sirius Satellite Radio and Google. Mr. Edwards has executed initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, restructurings and debt financings, as well as strategic, defense and M&A assignments for a broad range of Internet / New Media and Healthcare clients.
Mr. Edwards prior experience spans the consulting, investment banking and private equity industries with leading international companies including KPMG, U.S. Bank Libra & Caltius Private Equity. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for private companies including, Emergent Medical Associates, Benchmark Hospitalists, Avanti Hospitals, Language Access Network, Carenection, Noll Worldwide, Hilltop Slate and Direct2Pro and advises entrepreneurs and start-ups on operational, marketing and strategic initiatives at LA Tech Incubator, Start Engine. Mr. Edwards has been a speaker for the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds and led Investment Banking Workshops at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. Mr. Edwards was also recognized as a finalist for the 2012 & 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. His companies have been recognized two times by Modern Healthcare on their Hottest Companies list and by Inc. Magazine four times as some of the fastest growing organizations in the U.S.
Mr. Edwards is a member of the Santa Monica Bay Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He also sits on the Board of the Santa Monica Chapter of the Red Cross.
Mr. Edwards graduated a Tradition Fellow from Cornell University in 1996 and received his MBA from Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management in 2003.