James K. Eckler is the President of Savannah Ventures, LLC and its parent company. Savannah Ventures was formed in 2004 to serve as an economic development platform for cities, and for small businesses. Both companies are Community Development Entities (CDE's) as of 2010. Mr Eckler had an earlier background in top management in large banks, investment banks, and insurance companies in C level roles. He also served as either a founder or an early stage executive in companies that were venture financed ($10 million to $75 million in startup funding). He also has successful turnaround experience on both national and international companies, as well as serving as the lead insider on large M&A transactions. The goal of Savannah Ventures as a CDE today is to find creative new ways to provide the mentoring, the community support, and the debt and equity financing to build job growth in U.S. jobs especially in housing and energy. He is currently an Outside Director to a venture financed national company in the SBA and USDA lending areas that is in the top 20 companies in the industry.