Terry Carson, President
Van Buren (AR) Chamber
“Jim, I really appreciate you leading our planning session. It will be very beneficial for the coming year!”
Paragould (AR) chamber
“Jim facilitated our Board retreat resulting in a comprehensive plan for the organization. our board considers Jim #1 in his field”
Our firm brings the highly successful experience and skills of its founder, Jim Fram, a professional economic developer/chamber executive who is both a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) as well as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) who has achieved success in job creation, new capital investment, increasing of public revenues, and product development to smaller communities such as Dewey, OK and Harrison, AR to medium size cities such as Hot Springs, AR, Bartlesville, OK, or Killeen/Fort Hood, TX to larger metro areas like Little Rock, AR, Lincoln, NE or Tulsa, OK.
Jim has successfully completed job creating-capital intensive projects ranging in scope and size from a 900,000-square foot Wal Mart Automated Distribution Center to the attraction of a grocery store to a small Oklahoma town. He has successfully participated in and/or completed projects with ABB, Wal Mart, Verizon, Hertz, AT&T, Tractor Supply Co., Baker-Hughes, Borets-Weatherford, Dollar-Thrifty, American Airlines, Nordam, Spirit Aerosystems, IC Bus, Novartis, Sallie Mae, Nelnet, EDS, World’s Foremost Bank (Cabela’s), Siemens, Rheem, Pfizer, and ConocoPhillips just to name a few.
Jim is a past Chair of the Oklahoma Governor’s Economic Development Team (2007), an Oklahoma Economic Developer of the Year (2001), and has served in senior leadership roles during his tenure in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Nebraska. He has served on the state economic development and chamber of commerce association’s Boards of Directors in Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Arkansas during his career. He has also served on the Boards of Directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as well as the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). He also was appointed to the IEDC Education and Certification Committee, serving a term as its Chair. He is currently serving as an active member of the IEDC Accredited Economic Development Organization Committee (AEDO).
While our firm is deep in skill and experience, we also have the connections and relationships with the larger specialty firms and consultants we can retain when and if necessary to fulfill the requirements of the task at hand. Jim has worked with nearly all the larger strategic planning firms from the organizational side and maintains relationships with a large database of site selection consultants and corporate real estate executives as well.