James A. Chavez

Primary Focus

  • Executive Leadership and Management
  • Board and Stakeholder Relations
  • International and Domestic Marketing
  • Recruitment
  • Incentive Negotiation


  • University of New Mexico, B.S., Childhood Development, 1987 – 1992

Previous Experience

  • Clarksville Montgomery County Economic Development Council, President and CEO, 2004 – 2013
  • Tifton Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO, 1998 – 2004
  • Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Assistant Vice President Economic Development, 1994 – 1998
  • Leadville Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director, 1993 – 1994

Community Involvement

  • American Chamber of Commerce Executives, Board of Directors, 2010 – 2013
  • U.S. Chamber Institute for Organization Management, Chair, 2010 – 2011
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Committee of 100, Member, 2004 – 2013
  • Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives, Chairman, Board of Directors, 2011 – 2012

James A. Chavez


President and CEO vCard
 803.605.0643 803.771.0160 jchavez@scpowerteam.com

From the instant South Carolina Power Team was introduced to James he knew his career path had prepared him to lead the organization as President and CEO. His ability to develop and maintain relationships and his track-record of success of maximizing opportunities for developing rural areas and mid-sized communities, were necessities for moving this organization forward.

A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, James graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science. Having received his college degree in Childhood Development, James began his career at a local children’s hospital. Call it chance or fate, when a friend presented an opportunity for him to work in economic development with the Chamber of Commerce in Leadville, Colorado, it changed his course and began his 20-year career in economic development. Following, James worked in various executive leadership capacities for economic development organizations in both Georgia and Tennessee.

Upon joining the South Carolina Power Team in the fall of 2013, James ventured out to personally meet with over 130 stakeholders within his first six months. From his one-on-one conversations emerged the framework for a new strategy that enables South Carolina Power Team to become a leading economic development resource in South Carolina. With James at the helm, backed by a fully supportive board, a Strategic Blueprint was adopted in January 2014. Essential to the overall growth and future of the organization, James is charged with the strategy’s implementation.

“The establishment of a new industry that brings better job opportunities, for many, may mean a family member having their first well-paying job.”

 While James may not be a South Carolina native, in his new role he has absorbed and traveled the 46-county state becoming a quick-study. James’ hands-on approach has enabled him to become fully entrenched in what the electric cooperatives offer for local economic development organizations, their stakeholders and South Carolina. “Changing family trees” is what the Power Team system does as a whole.

James, an avid fisherman of both fresh and salt water, lives on Lake Murray with his wife, Stevie. Together, they have two adolescent children, two adult children, and two grandchildren. He and his wife love International food and travel.

Things other people say about James …

is engaging, fun and has a certain charisma about him.

James loves …

his family and the opportunity his profession has given him to serve communities.

His most precious time is spent …

fishing and traveling with his wife, fishing with his son, and watching his daughter dance.

Interesting facts …

his culinary heroes are Anthony Bourdain & Andrew Zimmern - when James travels there is nothing he enjoys better than walking the streets and eating local street food. James enjoys telling the story about having his Central Park wedding crashed by “John Boy Walton.”

Who James was back then …

worked with parents and infants in a children's hospital and had planned to pursue a career in hospital administration.