W. James Keene #5680 Life Member
Director Emeritus, Legal/Legislative Affairs
Jim is a retired manufacturing executive from Franklin, VA who grew tired of working in 3 states simultaneously traveling around the world supporting the companies customer base.While living in Franklin he had the privilege of enjoying the beaches before the beaches were so heavily restricted as they are today. Bringing 2 children to the freedom and excitement of these beaches was the impetus for Jim and Georgette to own OBX property for more than 25 years before retiring in 2006. Jim was given a NCBBA membership from a friend and quickly realized that he wanted to be a member for life and to serve the Association. He was elected to the Board in 1995, became Vice President in 1997 and served as President from 1999 to 2014. The contributions Jim has made to NCBBA are numerous but none was more significant than his role representing NCBBA in the Negotiated Rulemaking Process which was completed in the spring of 2009. Jim continues to lead the Association and is active at all levels in the "Open Beach" process. Jim and his wife Gerogette will be moving to West Virginia this fall, but Jim will still continue his NCBBA responsibilities.