Board Member Spotlight: James Meara

This month to show appreciation of our Board of Directors, we’re focusing our spotlight on board member, James Meara. James is involved with Thorntons Inc. and oversees the membership committee at the Friends of the Waterfront. We appreciate everything James does for Friends of the Waterfront! Get to know a little bit more about him below.

board memberWhere are you from? How did you end up in Louisville?

I’m originally from Baltimore, Maryland and came to Louisville in the fall of 2008 to attend Bellarmine University.  I fell in love with the city and knew that I wanted to stay here after graduation.

Tell us about your career and how you got there.

I oversee the loyalty program, Refreshing Rewards, for Thorntons Inc.  I had an internship with Thorntons during my senior year of college and joined the team fulltime after graduating in 2012.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve been involved with during your career so far?

I had the opportunity to participate in the Red Bull Flugtag event last August as part of the Thorntons team.  It was a lot of fun and was the first time I swam in the Ohio River.

What got you involved with Friends of the Waterfront?

I live within a mile of Waterfront Park and try to get down there as often as possible.  The park has a lot to offer and is a great resource in the community.  It’s important to me that the park receives the funding it needs to continue these benefits and grow.

What is your role as a Friends of the Waterfront board member?

I oversee the membership committee.  Our team is working to develop a membership structure that will be rolled out next year.  We’re hoping to raise funds for the park and increase community participation.

What other causes are you passionate about?

Aside from the waterfront, I try to support charities that focus on animals, and women and children in need.

What do you do around town for fun?

I enjoy checking out all of the restaurants Louisville has to offer.  Whenever a new place opens, especially near my house in Butchertown, I try to stop by.  I also enjoy cycling around town and on the Louisville Loop.  Weather permitting, I like kayaking on the Ohio.

What are your favorite events in Louisville?

Waterfront Wednesday is a great event.  I try to attend all of the UofL football and basketball games I can.  I also like the neighborhood and music festivals around town.