2022 Keynote Speaker

Jim Coleman

President & CEO
Coleman Crest Farm, LLC
3723 Royster Road, Lexington, KY 40516

From his family’s farm in Lexington, Kentucky to Wall Street, Jim Coleman has delivered stellar results over the last 37 years with Oscar Mayer & Co., Pepsi Cola Company, Altria Corporation, American Express, several entrepreneurial ventures, and several government and quasi government entities including: the New York State Senate, Westchester County Government and the Prince George’s County Maryland Economic Development Corporation.

Jim was raised on his family’s farm, Coleman Crest, which was originally purchased by his great grandfather, James Coleman, on March 27, 1888 after he and his family had tilled the farm as slaves.  Jim is the sole owner of Coleman Crest Farm today.

In 2015, Jim was appointed, president & CEO of the Prince George’s County Maryland Economic Development Corporation by Prince George’s Maryland County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.

Jim led a team of 75 economic development professionals to attract over 40 new companies to Prince George’s County, retained the county’s top 500 largest employers and convinced them to expand to create over 5,400 new job.

Under Jim’s leadership, the corporation’s workforce services division trained and prepared over 71,000 of the county’s residents for new high wage jobs in the county’s private sector.  As a result, county residents filled over 20,000 newly created jobs, reducing the county’s unemployment rate from 5.3% to 3.9% and increased the county’s median household income to a record high of $79,184, which is more than $20,000 higher than the nation’s median household income.

Jim connected Prince George’s County based businesses to the international market by facilitating trade missions to China, South Korea, Cuba, Nigeria and South Africa.  These trade missions generated a business investment pipeline of over $100 million.

At the end of his tenure at the Prince George’s County Maryland Economic Development Corporation in 2018, Jim returned to the private sector to launch his own business consulting firm, Coleman Crest Advisers, LLC.  The mission of Coleman Crest Advisers is to help clients grow their sales revenue by enhancing the skills and capabilities of their employees.

After the death of his loving wife Cathy, of 37 years, Jim relocated to Lexington Kentucky in August 2020 to restore Coleman Crest Farm.  Jim is currently preparing Coleman Crest to be a profitable farming enterprise with three operating divisions including; organic crop production, an Incubator for Aspiring Farmers and Agritourism.  To date, Jim has secured produce customer relationships with Critchfield Meats, Good Foods, Idle Hour Country Club, Thompson Catering, Ramsey’s Diner, Black Soil and Dudley’s on Short.

Jim has established partnerships with the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University to leverage the latest approaches to agriculture management and to leverage the innovative spirit of their students to achieve his long-term vision for Coleman Crest which is to preserve the farm in perpetuity, as a teaching farm for aspiring farmers.

Jim is a 1983 graduate of Howard University with a B.A. in Economics.  He is the author of “Cut the Crap and Close the Gap”, an operating guide for small and large businesses and not for profit organizations.  Cut the Crap and Close the Gap was published by Morgan James in 2016 and is available on Amazon and everywhere books are sold.

Jim is a certified management training facilitator with Development Dimensions International, the Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness and Dale Carnegie.  Jim is a 2014 graduate of the World-Wide College of Auctioneering.

Jim is a board member of One World United and Virtuous and the Henry Clay Estate Foundation.


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