A native of Rome and a graduate of Coosa High School, Jim’s work career began following his graduation from Carson Newman College with Floyd Medical Center in behavioral health services but evolved into healthcare management and business development. Jim also received his Master’s Degrees in Counseling from West Georgia College and Healthcare Administration from Mercer University. Following his 20 plus years in healthcare, he has been Director of Economic Development with Georgia Northwestern Technical College since 2000.
His community service has included the following:
- Rome Jaycees Past Board member
- Drug Free Community Task Force member – Just Say No to Drugs Campaign
- Mary’s School Past Board member & Sports Boosters Club Past Chairman
- Rome Junior Golf Association member
- Coosa Valley Tennis Association member
- Coosa Valley Mental Health Past Board member
- Regional Chambers of Commerce member
- Mary’s Catholic Church Youth Group volunteer
- Friends of the Theatre at Shorter College member
- Rome High Chorus Booster Club Past Chairman
- Rome Little Theatre Past Board member
- Knights of Columbus Grand Knight & Labor Day Barbeque Chairman
- United Arts Collaborative member
- Rome Kiwanis Club Past Board member
- Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation Board member
- Rome Downtown Development Authority member
- Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge performer
Jim’s earlier efforts with area schools, sports and youth organizations, coupled with his involvement with local mental health organizations and the Knight of Columbus, helped influence his work toward “service to others”. HDTF was formed to enable the ongoing work to restore and sustain the theatre, bringing it back to its prominence as the Jewel of Broad St. and Rome’s premier performance/community venue. The results of these efforts, including additional programming through concerts, children’s shows and community events, has helped raise the needed funds to continue theatre improvements for RLT, future generations and all of Rome to enjoy.
Jim and his beautiful wife, Cathy, who is happily retired from the Floyd County School System, are proud of their children, Tripp (Brittany) and Melissa (Todd) and two “perfect grandchildren, Mary James and Daniel.
Teresa and Brian Resch say of Jim ”Whether he’s out front on-stage or out in the community, playing his guitar or cooking bar-b-que or selling peaches, or behind the scenes doing some of the dirty work, even changing the marquee……. with a smile on his face, enjoying his family and friends and having fun”