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Jim Seeley Bio
Jim Seeley began as Executive Director of Wild Rivers Coast Alliance (WRCA) in January of 2012. WRCA, a grant making department of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, funds projects on the South Coast of Oregon that yield triple-bottom-line results (conservation, community, and economy) with a focus on approaches that blend innovative ecological initiatives and economic opportunities.

Prior to joining WRCA, Jim served for over 17 years as the Executive Vice President of Operations for KemperSports in Northbrook, Illinois. While at KemperSports, Jim was responsible for golf property operations including Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. He also launched the KemperSports Green to a Tee™ environmental program. In recognition of his contributions to KemperSports, the company has named its highest individual annual award the James R. Seeley General Manager of the Year Award. Prior to joining KemperSports, Jim held senior management positions with the PGA Tour’s Tournament Players Clubs over a 13 year period.

Jim is a Life Member of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. He played in a number of PGA Tour events including two major championships, the PGA and the British Open. The PGA has honored Jim with several awards, including the Horton Smith Award for his contributions to business education of PGA members, and the Bill Strausbaugh Award for mentoring PGA members in career growth.

Jim is a 1964 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he was a member of a nationally ranked golf team. He served on active duty for six years following graduation with the final two of those years as a faculty member at the Naval Academy teaching leadership, management, and naval tactics before entering the golf business. He is a decorated Vietnam veteran.

Jim Seeley Statement
As Executive Director of Wild Rivers Coast Alliance (WRCA), I have the opportunity to connect with a wide variety of individuals, companies and government agencies while searching for ways to utilize grant funds made available to WRCA from proceeds of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Oregon’s South Coast has an impressive list of physical assets, but economic and employment statistics show it lagging the rest of the state with regard to job growth and family income. WRCA’s objective is to promote conservation and the economy in a manner that will gain strong community support. I believe strongly that sustainability in the long term requires equal measures of each. WRCA’s ability to bring a new source of funding to the table has made it possible for our organization to convene stakeholders in a search for collaborative opportunities.