James W. Lyons, CPA

Partner, Strategic Growth Officer

James W. Lyons

I model my client service after this saying; ‘Before a client cares what you know, they want to know that you care.' I believe that anyone can provide service, but only those who truly care for their clients can provide extraordinary service.


James serves as the Strategic Growth Officer for Eide Bailly, where he is responsible for managing and leading the firm's Industries and Specialty Services. A partner of the firm, James focuses his time on building specialty service offerings around Eide Bailly's core services and industry niches. He provides guidance and insight within the firm to ensure that all service lines, industries and geographic locations continue to expand to meet client needs.

If you get the opportunity to work with James, you'll be treated to the golden rule-his approach to client service is to treat everyone he works with in the same manner in which he would like to be treated. It's an approach that mirrors the culture of trust and respect you'll find at Eide Bailly.

When he's not reviewing a possible acquisition, James devotes much of his free time to his family and giving back to his community. He is an active fundraiser for The Children's Hospital, participating in the annual winter radio-thon and summer Courage Classic bike tour. He also donates his time and talent to the Make-A-Wish organization, where he is on the advisory council. In his remaining free time, James loves to golf, travel and spend time with family.



  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants


  • Certified Public Accountant


  • Bachelor of Science, Accounting – Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colorado


Client Work

  • Provided tax and accounting services, including entity selection, business acquisitions and divestitures, liquidations, tax planning and compliance services.
  • Served small to mid-sized business corporations, partnerships, fiduciaries and individuals.
  • Specializes in small business consulting with an emphasis on automotive franchises and real estate development.
  • Provided public accounting services in diverse industries, including real estate, waste management, manufacturing, restaurants, nonprofits and professional services.


Community Involvement

  • Make-A-Wish, Advisory Council