Jim Rosas, Jr
Beloved Father, Coach, Friend and Partner.
The world will never be the same.
Jim Rosas, long time Chicago business leader, networker and beloved sales coach and trainer, was found dead at the home that he shared with his business and life partner, Marie Hale, at the age of 49 on February 21, 2017.
Jim’s impact on the Chicago business community was evident in the more than 150 people that came together to celebrate Jim’s life at his memorial. This impact was further echoed by the litany of calls and outreach to not only to his grieving partner and team members of his latest successful venture, @revenue, but in the continuing supportive calls to his past students and clients who were also shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden passing.
“I was Jim’s client almost 10 years ago, and there are still about a dozen times a week that I wish I could call him for one of his famous pep talks or try to ask myself ‘What would Jim say?'”, says Laurie Lee, owner of Swift Passport. ‘His impact on my life and the lives of thousands of others has changed us all for the better.”
Jim truly lived his passion by empowering small businesses to create more profit and giving them and their families a brighter future. Drawing his from depth of knowledge fostered by his time at the Chicago Tribune, Value Check and Field Results Inc., to name a few, his organization, @revenue, experienced astounding growth in the 9 months that he was at the helm before his passing. As it reorganizes, the kindness of those that were impacted by Jim have helped to keep it thriving and growing in homage to his signature energy and zest for life.
His partner, Marie Hale, long-time Chicago business owner, is focused on continuing the dream they had built together. “The heart of our organization has not changed. We are here to change the world one small business at a time. The outpouring of love and support is an amazing blessing and our whole team is grateful to be partnering with those that want to honor Jim’s memory in such a meaningful way.”
Jim was an amazing person and I feel honored to have meet and worked with him. He was inspirational and has had a lasting impact on my life.
Marie, I just saw this on LinkedIn. I am so sorry for your loss!
It is hard to put into words what I learned from Jim over the dozen years I had the pleasure of knowing Jim. As a friend first and foremost, mentor, coach, and boss for an incredible period of time, Jim taught me more about myself, my capabilities, my head trash, sales and professionalism than any person, class, or book could ever teach me. I miss him every day. Every sales call. Every professional success – and failure. And every time I am with my daughter, as he constantly shared his experiences, regrets, pride, fondness and happiness about his own daughter. I could write my own book about how he taught me a great sales process, organizational skills, to act as if, set an agenda, ask about a magic wand, get commitment and on and on. Always in my
So sorry for your loss.
Marie — I was on Linked In and I saw your post. I am so so sorry. My heart goes out to you and to all who knew Jim. Sending you a big hug……..
From the moment I met Jim, I adored him! He had such a positive spirit and contagious energy. He made me feel so comfortable, loved and respected throughout our time working together. He challenged me to think about things in a different light and inspired me to push through the hard times in business. I not only got a sales coach, but a good friend with an amazing partner who has now, more than ever, become an important part of my life! You are missed by so many my amigo.
He lit up a room! He was so genuine and wanted the best for everyone. You don’t meet people like that very often. People who feel validated by improving the station of another. That was Jim.
More than anything else, I will always appreciate Jim calling me out on my head trash. If it weren’t for him asking me hard questions, I would have never learned what the true value of my worth as a professional and a person. I will always be a better person because he taught me how to be.
Proud to call him a friend. He was someone who loved to laugh and just an amazing sales person. I loved to hear his take on people and business. A loving man. He will be greatly missed.