On May 23, 2016, following a membership vote to elect new board members, the JHS board of Directors elected Jeff Graf as President for the upcoming society year, June 2016 until May 2017. Jeff is immediate-past JHS Vice-President and has chaired, or served on, most of JHS’s committees during his time on the board. Recently he took on the role as Co-Chair of JHS’s Strategic Planning committee.
Jeff grew up in Tampa, and is a 1973 graduate of the University of Florida. A career move brought him to Jacksonville in 1977, and he has resided in the Avondale area of the city since 1983. Now retired, Jeff spent his career in various aspects of banking, commercial real estate management and sales.
Most recently, he was a Senior Vice President at Hobbs Madison, a Boston based financial services consulting firm. Prior to that, he worked for a few years with Murphy Land and Retail Services, a Jacksonville based commercial real estate firm specializing in the brokerage of properties for retail entities.
Earlier in his career, Jeff was President of Real Property Solutions Group, a local consulting company that specialized in delivering tailored real estate solutions to new and emerging businesses. Jeff spent the majority of his career with Barnett Banks, and its successor, Bank of America, where he held strategic planning, retail product management, real estate management, and branch office network planning positions.
Jeff’s community service experience includes membership on the Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) board where, in his term as Vice Chair, he was part of a team that developed RAP’s first strategic plan. In addition, he headed RAP’s Governance Committee which guided board building and education as well as the development of RAP’s Policies and Procedures. He was also involved with the creation of RAP’s sister organization, the Riverside Arts Market.
Jeff and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of two grown sons who continue to live in Jacksonville. When not busy with their volunteer commitments locally, they enjoy spending time in their summer home in the mountains of western North Carolina.