Jim became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber on January 1, 2012. He is responsible for management of the professional staff and has oversight of all Chamber programs. Jim serves as lead spokesman for the Chamber on all public policy issues, economic development projects, and strategic community initiatives. He represents the Chamber's interests to the media, community leaders, and elected officials as well as through active involvement in local, state, and national organizations. A past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, Jim serves on the Boards of Directors of the Business Council of Alabama and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He is also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, a select group of chamber executives that represents the perspectives and needs of chambers and their members to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Jim is an appointed member of the Tuscaloosa County Road Improvement Commission and is founding Chairman of the Alliance for Alabama's Infrastructure, a statewide advocacy coalition that played a leading role in the development and passage of the Rebuild Alabama Act of 2019. Jim was appointed by Governor Kay Ivey to serve on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Partnership for Children and he is a longtime member of the Alabama School Readiness Alliance Pre-K Task Force. In 2009, Jim was recognized nationally by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives as one of 40 Under 40: Rising Stars of the Chamber World. He received the 2015 Jamie Wallace Award in recognition of “exceptional leadership, service, and dedication to the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama” and was named the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Thompson/Seymour Leadership Award by the Business Council of Alabama. In 2018, Jim was honored by his peers as the Alabama Chamber Professional of the Year. The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama was named a recipient of the 2021 Chamber of the Year award by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Prior to his tenure in Tuscaloosa, Jim served nine years as Vice President of Public Policy and Business Development for the Decatur-Morgan County (AL) Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of Leadership Morgan County, Leadership Tuscaloosa, Leadership Alabama, and the U.S. Chamber's Institute for Organization Management (IOM). Jim also holds the professional designations of Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) and Alabama Accredited Chamber Executive (AACE). He earned a degree in Political Science and Marketing from the University of North Alabama, where he now serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.
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