James (Jim) Ferber has served as Chairman of the Dr. Phillips Charities’ Boards of Directors since 2015.
He has been a Board Member of the Dr. Phillips Charities’ Board since 2003 which has granted several legendary gifts helping transform the Central Florida Community – namely the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Dr. Phillips Hospital, HarborChase of Dr. Phillips, The YMCA of Central Florida, University of Central Florida, Advent Health, Dr. Phillips Leadership Award and many other Non – Profit Agencies.
Dr. Phillips Charities is fast approaching contributing $200 Million Dollars to the surrounding Central Florida area and $150 Million has been contributed in the past 20 years.
Prior to his retirement in 2014 – Jim spent more than 40 years within the YMCA organization providing Leadership to the YMCA’s of Central Florida, Charlotte, North Carolina, Houston, Texas and Akron, Ohio.
Frequently referred to as a “Visionary” Jim’s leadership to the Central Florida YMCA –resulted in tremendous growth and community partnerships with many volunteers being engaged, connected, and impacted. He lead the Y of Central Florida for 21 years where his team built a Top Ten Y in the United States – 27 Family Centers, 6 Counties, with an $80 Million Dollar budget – The Y of Central Florida was extremely relevant in today’s environment.
Ferber’s leadership has been the catalyst for innovative, nationally recognized programs and facilities that have attracted the attention and visits from President George Bush, First Lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Senators Bill Nelson, and Mel Martinez and many State and local Leaders.
He enjoys spending time with his Family – Debbie wife of 46 years and High School Sweetheart, Daughter, Allison and son in law Chris Miller and the Apple of his eye – Granddaughter Annie (5 years old). Spends as much time as possible in St. Petersburg enjoying the family and the Tampa Bay area fishing and boating.