Jim is president of McDowell Hospitality, owners and operators of The Mountainaire Inn and Log Cabins with his wife, Deborah. They have operated the inn and cabins in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, since 2006. Jim, an avid fly fisherman, and Deborah fell in love with the mountains, when their daughter Jennifer attended Appalachian State University.
Jim is active with the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce as a director and co-chair of the Economic Development Council. He serves on the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Moses H. Cone Memorial Park Steering Committee and, with his wife, helped sponsor the annual Denim Ball fundraiser. He also volunteers his time to maintain the carriages trails, pick up litter, repair fencing, and other needed work on the former estate.