James Bailey

Principal & Restaurant Industry Leader
Wichita, KS

How I help . . .

Restaurants are a melting pot of today’s society. The people involved run the gamut from minimum wage workers to wealthy individuals. You learn so much about the world when interacting with these people. And the product is so easy to understand. You eat, enjoy the food and have a good time, and your family and friends can do the same.

My love for restaurants started at a young age. My earliest memories are coding invoices and accounts payable into Lotus 123 for my dad. He’s a controller for a group of Pizza Hut franchisees and has been the part owner of restaurants like Red Hot & Blue over the years. I even served as an assistant controller for him where I worked with Five Guys and got to go into the stores and get involved with logistics. These experiences taught me the ins and outs of how restaurants are run. I’ve also seen firsthand how owners provide jobs to others and all the wonderful things that come from it.

I am passionate about helping companies grow toward a future state. Planning, execution and realization of those goals gets me excited to come to work. When helping smaller restauranters, those with 20 locations or less, it’s great to be able to help them run their businesses as well as possible so they can save money to invest into their own families.

I enjoy the restaurant space so much that I purchased my first restaurant, Kobe’s Steakhouse of Japan, located in St. Louis, in 2021. This gives me even more on-the-job experience that I’ll put to work helping the firm’s restaurant clients be more successful.

“My life is my family and work. Happily married father of five, I am passionate about Wichita and am a lifelong fan of Wichita State athletics. Also a CPA and restauranter, I work to make the world a better place by improving the lives of others around me.”

Q&A with James

What does above+beyond mean to you?
Above+beyond means doing the “right thing.” The right thing isn’t always easy, but you know in your gut what the right thing is—especially after it’s accomplished.
What activity plays an important part in your life?
What are some of your favorite things?
Thai food is one of my favorite cuisines. I also really enjoy Kobe's Steakhouse for the food, atmosphere and show. I enjoy watching and playing baseball and basketball, too.
What are you most proud of?
From an early age I wanted to become a CPA like my father. Considering the low pass rate of the CPA exam, I’m very proud that I reached that goal and that people trust me to help them.
What is your biggest life challenge?
Managing the daily challenges of a wife, five children, and work
What do you enjoy most about your work at Adams Brown?
Teaching others

Life Outside the Office

Hobbies & Interests

  • Wichita State Basketball

Frequented Websites

  • CNN.com
  • Kansas.com
  • Shockernet.net

Little Known Facts

  • I became a published poet in high school
  • When I find the time, I still enjoy a casual sports video game

My Professional History


Wichita State University

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Master of Accountancy, taxation emphasis

Work Highlights

  • Managing director, director, senior controller and controller with Infosync Services
  • Assistant controller at Atlantic Development Corporation
  • Senior auditor at a Top 10 accounting firm


  • CPA