Jim Brown was publisher of The Daily Courier from 1998 until 2010.
He is founder and the current facilitator for Leadership Rutherford.
He has served on the boards of the Rutherford County Senior Center, Rutherford LifeServices and the Rutherford County unit of the Salvation Army.
He was one of the original members of the Realize Rutherford Steering Committee and served as its chair for two years.
Jim also served on the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce board for seven years, including 18 months as its president.
He was a member of the Community Health Council at Rutherford Regional Health System for 10 years and also belonged to the Forest City Lions Club for 11 years. He was elected Lion of the Year twice and also served as its president and secretary.
He is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Rutherfordton.
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