Jim Baum joined Southern Research in August 2018 as Chief Financial Officer. For over 30 years, Baum has served in various leadership roles in the real estate, hotel and gaming industries. Most recently, he was senior vice president of design and construction at Penn National Gaming Inc., where he led a team responsible for building and growing the business through development and construction, leveraging the company’s financial, core strengths and brand excellence. He previously held roles at Harrah’s (Caesar’s Entertainment), Sodak Gaming Inc., and Hilton Hotels Corporation.
Baum is recognized for his financial discipline and his successful record in real estate design, development, property and construction management including greenfield opportunities, disaster recovery and major rehab projects. Additionally, he has an extensive background in P&L management, government and regulatory compliance, acquisition integration, contract management, and operational planning and execution.
Baum holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the College of Charleston.