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About the Commission > Jim McCormick C. James McCormick

James McCormick

Jim retired as Chairman of McCormick, Inc. and Best Way Express, Inc. on March 31, 2000, and is presently Chairman Emeritus of each. He is currently President of JAMAC Corp., all headquartered in Vincennes, Indiana.


He was Chairman of 1st Bancorp and First Federal Bank in Vincennes until December 1998, and had served on the Bank's Board since 1966. He subsequently served on the Board of the German American Bancorp from1999 until he retired in 2003. He also served eight years as a Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis.


He is a member of the Bicentennial Commission.

He was a major shareholder and Board Chairman of Golf Hosts, Inc., the parent company of the Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, Florida; and the Tamarron Resort, Durango, Colorado until the company was sold in 1997. He was a Director of Broker's National Life Assurance Company, Little Rock, AR, until the company was sold at the end of 2011.

Mr. McCormick is a life member of the Board and former First Vice Chairman of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and a Past Director of the Vincennes Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a former Chairman of the Board of the American Trucking Associations, Inc. and a life member of its Board, Director and Past Chairman and President of the Indiana Motor Truck Association, Inc. and former Chairman of the Aeronautics Commission of Indiana. He is a former Vice President of the Board and member of the Executive Committee of the Automotive Hall of Fame; former Chairman of the Board of the National Highway Users Federation and the Indiana Highway Users Association.


Mr. McCormick has been actively involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for over 50 years. He served on the National Board of Trustees for 12 years, and as Chairman 1987-1990. He is presently a National Board Director-Emeritus. He is a life-long Methodist, and is a member of the Community United Methodist Church of Vincennes and the Palm Harbor United Methodist Church, Palm Harbor, FL

He served as Chairman for six years, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of Vincennes University from 1990 through 1999. He was re-appointed to the Board in January 2007, again in October, 2011, and again in October 2014. On March 26, 2001, Vincennes University awarded Jim the Walter A. Davis Memorial Citation for Community Service, and on April 27, 2002, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration. During the middle ‘70s Jim served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Evansville.

He is Past President and a member of the Vincennes Kiwanis Club; Elks; Masons; Scottish Rite 33°, and Shrine.

Mr. McCormick was born and raised in Knox County. He was married to the former Bettye Gramelspacher for 50 years and 2 months. She passed away on February 28, 1997. He and Bettye have 3 living children, daughter Jane Wissel, son Pat and son Mike. Son C. J III, "Mac", perished in a plane crash on October 26, 2006.

In 1998, Mr. McCormick married Marilyn Fletcher. Together they have 13 Grandchildren and 22 Great-Grandchildren.

Jim and Marilyn spend their time in their homes in Vincennes and Palm Harbor, Florida. 


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