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James D. Dawson
Executive Director, TMC Charitable Foundation
Jim Dawson is Executive Director of the TMC Charitable Foundation,
assuming this leadership position in December, 2008. In this role,
Dawson leads fundraising programs designed to advance TMC's mission. The
Charitable Foundation provides support for each of TMC's primary
facilities through grants from charitable foundations, corporate and
individual philanthropy and special events. In 2012, the Charitable
Foundation made contributions to TMC in excess of $9 million.
Jim Dawson has more than 25 years of executive level management
responsibility as a member of corporate management teams. He has
extensive experience in senior living, hospitality, convention,
entertainment and residential and retail industries.
Throughout his career, he has specialized in strategic planning,
brand management, business development, consumer marketing and corporate
communications. He has served in a number of leadership positions,
including his most recent role as vice president, senior living group
for John Knox Village in Lee's Summit, Mo. In his eleven years
with John Knox Village, he provided senior leadership for strategic
planning, sales, marketing, corporate communications operations,
construction, and land development. He also facilitated the formation
and organizational restructure of the management team for the $22
million senior living business unit.
Prior to his service with John Knox Village, Dawson held the positions
of vice president of marketing for the Crown Center Redevelopment
Corporation from 1981-1996; senior vice president for the Young and
Rubicam/Brewer Advertising Agency from 1976-1981; and JWT from
Dawson holds a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University
and an master's in business administration from Rockhurst University.
Dawson is an active civic leader in the Kansas City community. He is
currently a board member of the Vision Research Foundation. He is the
past board chair of the Rockhurst University Regents and the Starlight
Theatre Association. Some of his previous civic leadership positions
include service as the Chairman of the Greater Kansas City Convention
and Visitors Association, Vice President of the City of Fountains
Foundation, an Executive Board member of the Greater Kansas City Sports
Commission, Co-Chair of the Kansas City Organizing Committee for NCAA
events, including the men's and women's Final Fours in Kansas City in
1988 and 1998.