Deena James

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Meet Deena James


Designation: CIC

Prior to co-founding Cowell James Forge, Deena James served for four years as president of Krueger & James. She is passionate about providing world-class service and peace of mind to clients and instilling a sense of shared mission and quality to everyone on the CJF team.

Deena was honored in 2014 by Thinking Bigger Business Media with the “25 Under 25” award, which recognizes the impact of Kansas City businesses with fewer than 25 employees. In 2013 the Kansas City Business Journal named her one of 25 “Women Who Mean Business,” an award for successful female entrepreneurs, corporate officials, and other leaders in the for-profit sector.

Deena is the current vice-chair of Angel Flight Central, a non-profit organization that provides free air travel for people facing a medical emergency. Deena also serves on the board of Warrior’s Ascent, a non-profit that service both Military and First Responders with post-traumatic stress. She is past president of the KCI Rotary Club, past president for the North Kansas City Business Council, and a board member for the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Deena holds a bachelors’ degree in business administration from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a certified insurance counselor.

Married for more than 40 years, Deena and her husband have 3 grown children and 8 grandchildren. She describes herself as a “hopeless, passionate Kansas City Chiefs fan” who loves to travel, read, and enjoys a little retail therapy.

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