Forcum Lannom Contractors' Jim Rowland Honored with Legacy Award by TEDC.
The Tennessee Economic Development Council (TEDC) has recognized Jim Rowland as a recipient of the Legacy Award.
The Legacy Award recognizes those in the economic development community who have had an extraordinary impact on the community and their profession. It is only offered as a special recognition for individuals who are highly respected and active in economic development. Recipients are nominated by the TEDC Board of Directors.
"As I began thinking about Jim Rowland's career and impact Jim Rowland has had on our profession, it became increasingly clear to me that he embodies all that the Legacy Award stands for. Anyone who has met Jim would consider him a friend. He is a great example of someone who serves unconditionally and selflessly. I'm proud to call him friend and consider him one of the people I respect most in our profession." stated Mandy White, Senior Vice President of Economic Development at Jackson Chamber.
Jim became a member of TEDC in 1976 and has been actively involved in a number of organizations since. He was selected as a member of the first class of the Jackson Chamber's Leadership in 1979, the second oldest leadership development program in the state.
In 1982, Jim started working at Forcum Lannom Contractors as Director of Business Development and was later named Vice President of Business Development. Jim's tireless service in efforts to further economic development and his selfless attitude towards others have been evident in his work at Forcum Lannom Contractors. His contributions to Forcum Lannom and Economic Development are numerous and far reaching.
Over the history of Jim's membership in TEDC, he served on the TEDC board numerous times and underwent leadership positions to later become President of TEDC in 1996. He also assisted in creating the annual Fred Harris Professional of the Year Award. He is also a member of several ECD organizations and chambers in the state. He has served on boards for Tennessee Tomorrow, Governor's Workforce Development Board, and is a longtime member and former treasurer of Tennessee Economic Partnership. In 2014, Jim was awarded the TEDC Lifetime Membership.
Jim is a member of Northside United Methodist Church in Jackson and is currently serving as a church Trustee. He has served on multiple church committees throughout the years. He also officiated high school and small college basketball for a number of years.
Jim has been married to his wife, Mary Pat, since 1972. The Rowlands have three children and five grandchildren. Jim's spouse and all three children have bachelor's degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin. His son also has an MBA from UTM.
In semi-retirement, he now concentrates on golf and taking care of grandchildren. In the past, he enjoyed tennis, running (including area 5Ks and the Nashville half-marathon).