Jim Parrish is the founder of Charter Associates, Inc. Professionally born and raised in the downtown heydays of the late 1970s – 1980s, Jim was privileged to work on some of Dallas’ highest-profile high-rise buildings.
Jim was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to founding the company in 1986, Jim worked for Trammell Crow Company as construction project manager. He recognized in the early 1980s that against a background of inflationary costs, increasing regulatory pressures and escalating environmental and legal concerns, brokers were ill-equipped to represent all of the users' needs. The business of construction management is not necessarily complex or scientific, but it is fraught with technical, legal and financial pitfalls awaiting the uninitiated. Charter's clients recognize the need for experienced professionals in the construction industry, and Jim made it Charter's mission to help them meet overall goals and objectives by limiting project costs, ensuring construction quality and enforcing overall schedules.
Jim believed in the servant leader concept. By training every project manager in the complete set of skills he had developed, he gained self-motivated and capable personnel who operate the company with an eye toward both personal growth and achieving the organization's goals. Those beliefs are what made the company successful.
On the afternoon of October 4, 2013, Jim, a lifelong and avid pilot, and his wife Lisa, passed away as the result of an aviation accident while traveling home from vacation in Arizona.