Jim Borders is President and CEO of Novare Group, a real estate investment and development company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Borders began his professional career as an attorney with Atlanta law firm King & Spalding and later practiced as a turnaround consultant at GrandWest & Associates. In 1992, Mr. Borders founded the predecessor of Novare Group. The company’s first investments were in self-storage facilities and office buildings, and the success of those projects led to the development of apartments and condominiums, including adaptive reuse of several buildings in and around Atlanta. Since then, the company has continued to focus its activity on high-rise mixed-use communities as well as suburban garden style and town center developments throughout the Sunbelt region.
Mr. Borders serves on the board of directors of Brand Properties, LLC, Buckhead Coalition, Midtown Alliance, Central Atlanta Progress, Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures, LLC, Tanner Hospital Foundation, and as a trustee of the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc. He has been recognized with lifetime achievement awards from the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors in 2000, Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson School of Business in 2006, and the Urban Land Institute in 2015. Under Mr. Borders’ leadership, Novare Group has been recognized with two ULI Project of the Year Awards and three Projects of Excellence. Borders received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1983 and a J.D./M.B.A. degree from the University of Georgia in 1988.