Ian James founded Green Light Acquisitions, LLC (GLA) and handles strategic development, acquisitions, marketing, branding and analysis for the company. Mr. James founded the 2015 ResponsibleOhio marijuana legalization effort calling upon more than 30 years of strategic marketing and branding, public and governmental affairs, finance and acquisitions. Mr. James utilizes his expertise in branding, marketing, employment and environmental, health care, rezoning and land use issues, telecommunications, as well as transportation and logistics.
In 2016, Politico Magazine named Mr. James one of the most influential political thought leaders in the nation. Joining a diverse group of about 100 power brokers across the country, including top operatives, key activists and major donors from both parties.
Prior to Green Light Acquisitions, Mr. James found and ran a successful community and governmental affairs firm that oversaw the collection of more than 6 million signatures to place issues before Ohio voters. His firm developed the blue print to change the Ohio Constitution for casino gaming, and worked on a variety of high profile social justice and ballot issues including protection of voting rights, employment rights, and civil rights issues. Mr. James also served in numerous governmental offices, senior campaign staff and lobbying positions in addition to serving as a corporate executive for Merv Griffin’s Players International in Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri and Nevada. His knowledge of industrial, corporate and public relations, as well as strategic guidance through partisan and non-partisan efforts led The Ohio Magazine to acknowledge him as one of Ohio’s “brightest political strategists.” Mr. James’ extensive experience in branding and media relations have been showcased on CBS and NBC Evening News, the Today Show, Rolling Stone Magazine, New York Times, LA Times, US News and World Reports, The Guardian, Time Magazine,Politico Magazine, and hundreds of other publications around the globe.