Author: Jim Teece

May 5, 2018 – Keynote at Rotary District 5110 Conference 

I have been asked to give the morning kickoff keynote for the regional Rotary District Meeting. It is quite the honor. Rotarians in communities from Lincoln City to Bend down to Lakeview and over to Brookings (That is a huge footprint). It also includes Yreka and Tulelake. Over 300 community leaders will attend and I have been asked to speak about “Future Proofing” and the Rotary. I’m very excited.

April 9, 2018 – Medford Chamber Forum

I have been asked to speak again (my third year in a row) at the Medford Forum. To change it up and provide a smooth transition to future speakers I will be doing a talk show style talk with Carey Cahill, Director of Business Development, Hunter Communications. We will discuss Future Proofing Southern Oregon and checking in on all the progress that we are all making together. I’ll also talk about my 3 future projects that I will be focusing on.

February 7-9, 2018 – WACE Conference Henderson, NV

I have been asked to present “Future Proofing your Chamber and your Community.” to the Western Association of Chamber Executives. I will give my future proofing concept but instead of being about fairs, it will be about the work we have done in Ashland and with the Ashland Chamber of Commerce.

You can find out more about the conference at

December 14, 2017 – SOREDI LAUNCH|Talk with Jim Teece

Jim Teece is a parallel entrepreneur, running several successful businesses in Southern Oregon: Project A, Ashland Home Net, Rogue Broadband and Umpqua Broadband. He’s also a partner in Art Authority. He’s also very active in the community.  Find out more at

Join Jim as he shares his stories and the Top 15 Things Every Southern Oregon Entrepreneur Needs to Know to Survive and Thrive. His talks are inspirational, funny, though provoking and disruptive. He promises you’ll walk away with something that will change your life!

Date: Thursday, December 14
Location:  Climate City Brewing, Grants Pass
Time: 5:30 – 7:30
Tickets:  $15 Non Members, Free to SOREDI Members

Venue Climate City Brewing, Grants Pass
Address 509 SW G Street
Grants Pass OR 97526, US
Starts Thu Dec 14 2017, 5:30pm PST
Ends Thu Dec 14 2017, 7:30pm PST

January 3, 2018 – Closing Keynote – WFA Annual Meeting – Anaheim, CA

I have been asked to present my “Future Proofing” talk to the Western Fairs Association as the closing keynote.

This will be my largest audience of this talk with several hundred expected.

I will create a unique version of the talk that relates directly to the audience and the themes we heard throughout the conference leading up to it.

You can find out more about the conference at

Wow! I received the 2017 Edwin B. Parker Enduring Achievement Award

John Irwin, Jim Teece, and Ed Parker

I was surprised at this years Oregon Connections conference in Hood River, Oregon to be given the 2017 Edwin B. Parker Enduring Achievement Award.

The plaque reads…

“In Recognition of your Efforts, Accomplishments and Contributions to Telecommunications in Oregon”

On the nice handout they gave me it reads…

“2017 Edwin B. Parker Enduring Achievement Award

This award is presented to individuals whose contributions in telecommunications have been rendered with the greatest civility, who serve as a role model and mentor to many, and who have provided a lasting legacy influencing for years to come the course and future of telecommunications in Oregon.

Jim Teece embodies the essence of the Edwin B. Parker Enduring Achievement recognition. He is a “force of nature” for all facets of technology in southern Oregon and, indeed, throughout the country and even overseas. He has been instrumental in advancing broadband and wireless development efforts wherever he goes. Jim is a well-known community and technology leader beyond southern Oregon. He brings a strong sense of humor and passion to his efforts.

It’s a great honor.

I wrote about it on FB here –

Dec. 14, 2017 – Top 15 Things every Southern Oregon Entrepreneur Needs to Know to Launch and Thrive : SOREDI Launch Talk

I have been asked to give a 45 minute talk by SOREDI at Climate City Brewing in Grants Pass. I’m very excited about it because I get to follow on the heels of Trever Yarrish who spoke there last month. Grants Pass is a key part of Southern Oregon’s EcoSystem and the community is revitalizing itself in amazing ways. Any Entrepreneur from Southern Oregon will love my inspirational, funny talk. SOREDI does charge $15 if you are a non-member, but you will walk away with 15 things that will change your life. Such a Deal. I might even throw in 1 or 2 more.

‘We can redesign and reboot’ – Mail Tribune – Apr 10, 2017

Original Article can be found at –

‘We can redesign and reboot’

Mail Tribune

Ashland software pioneer Jim Teece challenged a Chamber of Medford/Jackson County audience to encourage entrepreneurs and innovation at Monday’s monthly forum.

“When I want to take a pulse of how our community thinks about a particular issue, I go and see how we voted,” Teece said. “It doesn’t matter if I agreed with it or not. What matters is it’s done, how can I help that community grow.”

Bend and Deschutes County often surpass the Rogue Valley on cutting-edge innovations, but the founder of Project A and Ashland Home Net told his Rogue Valley Country Club listeners the communities trend the same politically.

“If they can do those innovations, so can we,” Teece said. “You can’t say we don’t do those things because we’re conservative here. Well, they’re just as conservative and they’re doing incredibly innovative things; we’ve got to stop making excuses for ourselves.”

Teece said the Rogue Valley needs to grow an entrepreneur-to-entrepreneur ecosystem.

“The people in this room are the support system for entrepreneurs,” he said. “We need to make sure the entrepreneurs feel like they have a voice, and they have a place, and that they truly have an opportunity to build something huge here.”

At the same time, there has to be great efforts to retain coming generations, he said.

Teece taught a social marketing class at Southern Oregon University with about 30 students. When he asked how many of his students plan to stay in the valley and get a job, three hands went up.

“There are no jobs in Southern Oregon is what they think,” Teece said. “It’s what they’re told, it’s what we’re all saying.

“I was really, really disappointed in myself, that we haven’t figured out how to fix this problem. We have a massive brain drain going on. This is one class. I’m sure if I went to class to class to class, it would be about the same percentage; people feel like they have to leave the valley. It may not be true, but they think it.”

He said the Rushmore Society, a social and professional network that encourages outdoor and other activities, is good place to connect with young innovators.

Although he has high regard for the Medford airport, Teece suggested the cost structure is debilitating to business.

“Here is the real issue,” he said. “I fly on demand. My clients say I need you in my office tomorrow for a meeting. It costs $400 for me to buy a ticket to Portland. I have two choices to get the $400 ticket, 5 a.m. or 1 p.m. We’ve got to help (the airlines) to understand that we need frequency and we need $99 flights. I’m not talking about tourism, I’m talking about business. My business is built around their hub-and-spoke model; if they don’t serve certain communities, I can’t do business in that community. I’ve got to be able to get to that community.”

He said the region needs to recruit small businesses like his with clients all over the world, because the money his firm makes stays in the Rogue Valley.

“I need affordable, frequent transportation to do that,” Teece said. “We’ve got to figure out how to make that happen. We have an awesome freeway, and that’s my backup. When a client needs to see me, most times I jump in the car because it’s more convenient for me to drive.”

Teece said the Rogue Valley needs to fight to develop its identity so that corporations don’t replicate freeway exits looking no different than the ones travelers saw the night or two nights before.

“We can’t let multi-billion-dollar corporations build our community,” Teece said. The small companies, whether upstarts or long-tenured, can help avoid cookie-cutter tendencies.

“We have to define what our community is, or else we will look like every other community.

“If we all work together, we can redesign and reboot. We can build a community we know our kids are going to want to work in, live in and grow in.”

— Reach reporter Greg Stiles at 541-776-4463 or Follow him on Twitter at, on Facebook at