James (Jim) T. Holder joined Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated in December 2000 as General Counsel, and in January 2001 was also named Corporate Secretary. In his role, Jim is responsible for worldwide corporate legal matters including corporate organization, litigation, regulatory compliance, and contracts, as well as conducting the annual shareholder meetings and Board of Directors representation. Jim is also responsible for overseeing global ethics and compliance, global insurance, and global real estate and facilities. Jim oversees the company’s team of attorneys, which is responsible for all aspects of SYKES’ legal affairs around the world.
Before he became general counsel for SYKES, Jim wore several hats for Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. Between 1993 and 2000, he served in various capacities at Checkers, including Corporate Secretary, Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and, finally, Special Counsel. Prior to his work with Checkers, Jim served as General Counsel for Health Care Products group of companies, a privately held consortium of companies involved in the sale and marketing of various health care products as well as real estate investments. Jim was also previously in the private practices of law and accounting through his tenure with the Tampa, Florida, offices of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick and PricewaterhouseCoopers, respectively.
A native of Florida, Jim received his Bachelor of Arts in accounting from the University of South Florida in 1980, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia in 1983. Jim received his Certified Public Accounting certification in Florida in 1985. During his career, Jim has been a member of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, the Georgia Bar Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the American Association of Certified Public Accountants. Jim is licensed to practice law in the Courts of the State of Florida and Georgia, as well as the United States Tax Court. Jim has served as an adjunct professor of business law at the University of South Florida and has taught private CPA review courses throughout the country.