News: Press Release

Jim Ries Elected GGI Global Chair of Business Development & Marketing Practice Group

For Immediate Release

Baltimore, MD | September 5, 2018  Jim Ries, Offit Kurman Director of Business Development, has been elected Global Chair for Geneva Group International’s Business Development & Marketing (BDM) Practice Group. The group announced the appointment following the results of an organization-wide vote earlier this month.

Geneva Group International (GGI) is a global alliance of independent, professional services firms. Its nearly 600 members encompass leaders of law, accounting, management consulting, and trust companies in 124 countries. Through GGI Practice Groups, these professionals can engage in dialogue, forge connections, and implement best practices alongside colleagues from around the world. The BDM Practice Group aims to generate business opportunities within GGI, deliver new marketing and business development ideas for member firms, produce high-quality business proposals, and increase brand awareness of GGI in members’ countries.

Elections for Global Chairpersons and Vice Chairpersons occur every three years, and only GGI members who have attended at least one Practice Group meeting are eligible to be nominated. Mr. Ries has been an active GGI participant since Offit Kurman joined the organization in 2013. He was elected Global Vice Chair of the BDM Practice Group in 2015, seeking to bring Offit Kurman’s business development expertise to the world and to encourage collaboration and the exchange of knowledge between GGI members.

“GGI’s BDM workshops tend to attract large groups of attendees,” said Mr. Ries. “These are really smart people—they know everything about taxes, real estate, the latest employment laws, and so forth—but they’re thirsty for marketing and business development knowledge. The goal of our Practice Group is to bring members the strategic thinking, resources, and practical know-how they need to effectively build their businesses in highly competitive fields.”

Mr. Ries’ priorities over the next three years at GGI include developing educational content and expert-led workshops centered on modern, innovative BDM processes and technologies such as artificial intelligence, email sales sequences, and advanced data analytics.

Throughout his career, Mr. Ries has grown an extensive network of experts, thought leaders, business owners, and entrepreneurs. As Director of Business Development at Offit Kurman Attorneys At Law, he increases the firm’s visibility, reach, and value by developing and managing educational outreach programs designed specifically to support this extensive network at every stage of their business and personal lives, including families who wish to protect and pass on their wealth. Additionally, Mr. Ries provides business development guidance to individual attorneys, as well as identifies and develops strategic partnerships and market opportunities. He also shares insights on emerging market, business, competitor and consumer trends to enable Offit Kurman to continually deliver on its commitment to being the perfect legal partner.

“Our firm is honored to have Jim represent us to GGI’s global audience,” said Timothy Lynch, Offit Kurman Managing Principal and President. “We are pleased with his election and look forward to the events and projects his group will bring over the next three years. Congratulations, Jim!”

To learn more about Geneva Group International, visit To get in touch with Mr. Ries, please visit Offit Kurman’s Management page.



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