Jim Themides is the Regional Vice President for the Wells Fargo Tampa Bay/Gulf Coast Regional Commercial Banking Office (RCBO). A 34-year financial services veteran, Jim is responsible for a team of professionals who serve middle market businesses with annual revenue greater than $25 million.
Prior to his current role, Jim served as Wells Fargo’s area Business Banking Manager in Southwest Florida, where he was responsible for leading seven business banking teams and one credit analyst team throughout the Greater Gulf Coast Region and the Treasure Coast. In addition, Jim has served as regional President in two markets, Tampa Bay and Baltimore, and was responsible for the overall success of all lines of business in each region. Before assuming the regional president role in Baltimore, Jim served at Wells Fargo predecessor Wachovia as the commercial banking executive for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He started his career with Wachovia in 1986.
Jim holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business administration from Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina. He also completed an executive leadership program with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Serving as President and CEO for the Tampa Downtown Partnership, Lynda leads the longest operating Business Improvement District in the State of Florida and serves and supports the hundreds of business members for their 34-year-old organization.
During her twenty-one years tenure with the Partnership, she has served in many roles, becoming President and CEO in 2019 after a one-year appointment as Interim President and CEO. She leads the organizational structure, management, vision and mission, and fiscal responsibility of the Partnership, as well as establishing and executing programmatic and strategic initiatives for the growth of Tampa’s Downtown. As former Chief Operating Officer, and Director of District Operations, her responsibilities have included the development and management of clean and safe operations, beautification and public art initiatives, membership, and events.
Since appointed President & CEO, Lynda led the expansion of the SSD boundaries for the first time since 1994, implemented a 2023 Vision Plan with four strategic initiatives to support the transformation of Tampa’s Downtown into a live-work-play-learn community. She holds a SHRM-CP certification in human resources and is currently a member of the International Downtown Association, Urban Land Institute, Florida Redevelopment Association, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), HR Tampa, and HR Florida. She also serves on the Tampa Bay Chamber (TBC) Board of Directors, Tampa Preparatory School Board of Trustees, Visit Tampa Bay Advisory Committee, University of Tampa Board of Trustees, Key Family Honorary Commander with the 927 Air Refueling Wing’s Honorary Commander Program at MacDill Air Force Base, founding member of the Florida Downtown Association, and is a proud graduate of IDA’s 2018 Emerging Leader Fellowship (ELF) Class.