In his 29 year career as an economic development professional, chamber of commerce executive, and fund raising professional, Jim has raised more than $115 million and has created more than 18,000 jobs for the organizations and communities for which he has served. He has personally worked with hundreds of global businesses in guiding their project and investment decisions. Well-respected within the national chamber of commerce, economic development, and fundraising communities, Jim holds a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives and a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council and is only one of 15 professionals in the nation who hold both the CCE and CEcD designations.
Through his track record of non-profit management and fund-raising success, Jim is uniquely qualified to develop and lead community-based and nationally-based program initiatives. He has acquired the national reputation of a professional who under-promises and over-delivers. For example, under his leadership as President/CEO, the Bowling Green (KY) Area Chamber of Commerce was named the 2009 National Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Also, in Bowling Green, Jim headed the initiative to construct a new $4 million chamber of commerce headquarters and business service center. With an original goal of $1.5 million, Jim and the chamber’s dedicated volunteers raised more than $2.8 million. While serving as President and CEO of the Greater Pensacola (FL) Chamber, Jim’s team raised more than $8.9 million from 122 investors for Vision 2015, a 5-year economic development campaign. This amount exceeded the original fund-raising goal by $2.4 million. The published Vision 2015 goal was to create 3,000 high wage jobs by 2015. Jim’s efforts resulted in the creation of 3,300 new jobs, 2 years ahead of schedule.
More recently, on behalf of Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, Jim successfully guided the Clinton (IA) Regional Development Corporation’s 5-year capital campaign, raising over $2.9 million, more than $150,000 beyond the original goal of $2.75 million.