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James L. Holmes, Jr., CPA

James L. Holmes, Jr., CPA

Managing Partner

Jim Holmes founded Sentinel Risk Advisors knowing that structured, measurable and smart processes drive results. With over 20 years of professional experience in positions including Controller, Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Operations and Chief Operating Officer at companies in the United States and abroad, Jim possesses the industry insight required to help clients protect investments, assets and businesses.

As the managing partner at Sentinel, Jim oversees client and business operations, and has doubled the size of the company which now writes business in 42 states. Jim’s current client portfolio includes operating companies, professional liability, complex casualty, commercial real estate, income properties and growth companies.

Throughout his career, Jim has remained active in the community. He was a Founding Committee Chairman of Fostering Bright Futures, a non-profit offering support to children transitioning out of the foster system, and has held seats on numerous boards.

Boards & Memberships

  • University of North Carolina Board of Governors, Chair of the Public Affairs Board
  • Fostering Bright Futures, Advisory Board
  • WakeMed Foundation Board, past member
  • Wake Tech Foundation Board, past member
  • Band Together Advisory Board, past member
  • Triangle Business Journal “40 Under 40” Leadership Award


  • Graduate of North Carolina State University
  • Certificate of Accounting, Guilford College
  • Certified Public Accountant