James G. Vaughan, Jr.
Following an eight-year run as CEO of the Greater Waco Chamber in Texas, Jim Vaughan joined Market Street Services in October 2012. Mr. Vaughan has served chambers in South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Texas and was a fund-raising and strategic planning consultant to more than 50 chambers, economic development organizations and cities in a career that has spanned more than 40 years.
Mr. Vaughan started his career in Greenville, South Carolina and served for six years as Public Relations and Public Affairs Director. During 12 years as CEO of the Chattanooga Area Chamber, Mr. Vaughan helped build business support for the sustainable city strategy that has led the city to be recognized as one of the nation’s most livable cities. He established the Chattanooga News Bureau to capitalize on the opening of the Tennessee Aquarium, riverfront, and downtown development with the result that Chattanooga became the nation’s most visited and most written about city on topics of sustainability. As CEO of the Jacksonville, Florida Chamber in the 1980s, Mr. Vaughan was an advocate for public private partnerships that led to $40 million of riverfront retail development downtown. He also initiated a five-county economic development program including the “First Coast” regional branding, now in its 30th year.
Early in his tenure in Waco, Mr. Vaughan initiated a five-year strategy that brought new credibility to the Greater Waco Chamber. The Chamber raised $7.3 million to implement the strategy and to build the “first green chamber building in America.” The strategy, developed with Market Street, called for growing Waco to be Job 1 and the community got the desired results. Mr. Vaughan’s economic development team attracted 20 new companies and assisted 40 expansions by existing firms resulting in 5,314 new jobs and 3,190 jobs retained and $740 million in capital investments.
Mr. Vaughan served three terms as a director of American Chamber of Commerce Executives is a Certified Chamber Executive. Mr. Vaughan is a graduate of Florida State University and a past director of the FSU Alumni Association. He completed the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Delaware.
Jim and his wife Patty have been married 42 years. On visits to their son, Travis, an architect in Northern Virginia, they enjoy the Smithsonian museums and cheering for the Nationals. The Vaughans collect pottery and create books from photos taken on their travels. Having recently relocated to Santa Fe, Jim enjoys visiting the National Parks of the southwest.