James "Buddy" Davenport
F.I.N.D. Appointment Date: April 2, 2021
Educational Background: University of Arkansas, Bachelors in Business Administration, 1975
Professional and Community Affiliations, Activities and Certifications: I have immersed myself in being an active community supporter in roles such as: former Vice President of the South East Volusia Advertising Authority, Chamber member since 1975, former Vice President NSB Housing Authority, Member of the Masonic Lodge of NSB, NSB Shriners Club, former member of the Board of Directors United Way Volusia County, former Board member of Daytona State College Foundation, Founding Board member of the Margarita Charity Ball / Toys for Tots for Children, bringing the idea of NSB Charity Ball to Kaye Walker NSB, Founding Board member of Marine Discovery Center, member Elks Club South East Volusia (SEV), Affiliate member of New Smyrna Beach Board of Realtors, Board member Prison Ministries of Volusia County, member of New Smyrna Beach Kiwanis Club, member of the NSB Yacht Club, member National Association Financial Insurance Advisors, member of National Association State Farm Agents, Director of Committee Florida Agents, Commissioner for the Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach, and Board member of the Advent Health Foundation in New Smyrna.
Accreditations and Achievements
* Co-Founder of the Daytona Margarita Ball Society and has raised over $125,000 annually in toys for children in Volusia County; over a 32-year period this has totaled $4 million.
* Has won numerous awards with State Farm Insurance including; Presidents club, Ambassador Travel, Chairman’s Circle.
* Sponsored and put together the “Worlds Miniature Golf” Tournament in New Smyrna Beach on ESPN.
* Responsible for the building of a cafeteria kitchen to feed 450 children at the Burns Science and Technology Charter School.
Interests not Noted Above: Boating, Cooking, Wine Tasting, Entertaining, Charitable Work, camaraderie, seeing people be happy overall!