James DeHayes, CLU, Chfc

Senior Advisor

Mr. DeHayes serves as a Senior Advisor to Merger and Acquisition Services, Inc., and is an authority on strategy development and implementation in marketing, distribution, and M&A support for the insurance industry. He has successfully guided clients through the complex process of designing and developing distribution systems tailored for new products, enhancing productivity and profitability of existing distribution, and adjusting legacy distribution to new competitive realities.


Prior to founding the Dehayes Consulting Group in 1983, Mr. DeHayes served as Chief Marketing Officer for a major diversified financial services company. As a consultant, his counsel is sought by clients throughout the financial services industry. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Owner President Manager Program, a graduate of Leadership in Professional Services, a Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant from the American College, and holds an M.B.A. from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. In addition to serving as a Senior Advisor to M&A, Mr. Dehayes serves as the Principal and CEO of Dehayes Consulting Group based in Roseville CA.


Mr. DeHayes has addressed numerous industry conferences, is a professional member of the International Insurance Society, is a member of the North American Advisory Board for the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School (Dublin, Ireland), is co-chair for the Sacramento Chapter of the Harvard Business School Association, and is an officer for the Harvard Business School Association of Northern California (HBSA/NC). He is also a member of the New York Society of Analysts and the World Future Society. In January 2014, he was named as one of the top 100 Irish Americans in business for 2013 in Irish America Magazine for the fifth year in a row.


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