Jim is a certified public accountant with BKD LLP, a national accounting firm in Dallas. His commitment to the community and his expertise in the field have been recognized by local media publications. D CEO Magazine named him Financial Executive of the Year for Public Service in 2014, and the Dallas Business Journal honored him as one of their top “40 Under 40” in 2015. He is active in the community, serving on numerous civic boards and committees, including the Dallas Wind Symphony, City of Dallas Bond Finance Task Force, Pegasus Grant Committee for the Dallas Foundation, and the United Way Stewardship Committee. Additionally, from 2011 to 2017, Jim served on the board of Senior Source, a non-profit that provides services to low-income senior citizens.
Jim was appointed as DHA commissioner in July of 2015 and was recently elected to serve as the board’s vice chairman. Jim also chairs the finance and investments committee. He joined the board because he is committed to helping community stakeholders understand the value DHA brings to the greater Dallas area. DHA demonstrates that a safe and stable home provides people with access to resources that can advance their lives. Jim believes that a sense of stability will allow DHA residents to place more focus on school, work, and if applicable, parenting. These areas make an individual a stronger person, and as a result, a stronger community member. Jim’s commitment is enveloped in the belief that the service DHA provides will help create more engaged, optimistic citizens of Dallas. Overall, Jim hopes to make it clear that DHA is an organization that brings value to the community, and thus, is an organization that is a desired partner.
Jim’s commitment to DHA, and the greater Dallas community, is driven by his passion to advocate for people who need a stronger voice. He believes that every person shares a desire to experience happiness and to enjoy success in life, but happiness and success are not easily accessible to everyone. With DHA, Jim knows that he can change that. He is motivated to serve DHA residents because they are just as deserving of respect and dignity as other members of the Dallas community.
Mr. Garner earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and his Master’s in Professional Accounting from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.