Planning, Development and Preservation

Fraser Lecture Series - James Chaffin

January 25, 2007

“Charles Fraser’ Legacy and Impact on Chaffin/Light Associates, Developers of High Quality Recreation & Resorts”


James Chaffin

JAMES J. CHAFFIN, Jr is President & Co-Founder of Chaffin / Light Associates for 35 years in South Carolina and Colorado. He started an initial ten year career in 1968 becoming Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Sea Pines Company in Hilton Head SC, working side by side with real estate visionary Charles Fraser in creating the world renowned resort community of Hilton Head. Beginning with purchase of 3,000 acres in Snowmass Village, CO in 1978, Chaffin/Light Associates has been a leading developer of resort and primary home communities generating in excess of $600M in real estate sales. Their projects include Snowmass Resort, Spring Island, The Roaring Fork Club, Semiahmoo, Callawassie Island Club, Chechessee Creek Club, Balsam Mountain Preserve and Amelia Island among others. With more than 40 years experience in the real estate industry, Jim is one of the most accomplished development professionals in the United States generating groundbreaking ideas in sustainability, marketing and lifestyle, helping define the landscape of modern resort development. Jim served for two years as the Chairman of the Urban Land Institute. He is past Chairman of the National Real Estate Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Land and past Chairman of the Lowcountry Institute. Jim was President of the Alumni Council of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia and served a six year term on the Board of Managers for the University.


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