Jim Grier brings leadership and business experience to the business of the City of Lula. As an electrical engineer from Georgia Tech, he worked for Georgia Power Company, Southern Engineering Company and Oglethorpe Power Corporation in positions of engineering and engineering management. He shifted careers to the real estate business in 1987 selling land for commercial development and founding a real estate appraisal company, Southeastern Property Appraisals, Inc., in 1988. Since that time he has been involved in a number of real estate related businesses, owning and managing residential and commercial properties along with selling and financing real estate purchases and rehabs.
Jim served for 7 years as the Chairman of Lula’s Downtown Development Authority. During that time he led the effort to gain input from Lula citizens and business owners to develop a vision and goals for the Downtown area of Lula.
He has also been active with the Greater Hall County Chamber of Commerce serving on the Board of Directors and the Economic Development Council. He has served as Chairman of the Small Business Roundtable Council for 3 years. Grier has completed training at the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, the Development Authority Training Program and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Team Georgia Program.
Community service has always been important to Jim’s family. His father and mother were always involved in school PTA and booster clubs as well as various committees and offices in their church. His great-grandfather, Simon H. Terrell served on the City Council of Bellton early in the 1900’s. Simon’s brother-in-law, Grier’s great-great-uncle Mood Griffin also served on the City Council of Bellton. Later his Grandfather J. Hudson Terrell served as Council Member and Mayor of the City of Bellton, Justice of the Peace, Council Member and Mayor of the City of Lula and also as State Representative for Hall County serving terms in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Jim’s other great-grandfather J. D. Adams also served on the City Council of Lula.
Grier is a member of the Gainesville Rotary Club and has served as Sergeant at Arms and Red Badge Mentor helping new members to get involved in activities and leadership roles within the Rotary Club.
Jim and his wife Marilyn are members of the Gainesville First United Methodist Church where they are active in the Chancel Choir and Music Ministry Program. In his spare time, Grier enjoys playing string bass in bluegrass ensembles and researching family and community history. They have three sons and two daughters and have 12 grandchildren.