JIM PARHAM & ASSOCIATES, INC. was founded in January 1985. Jim Parham is a professional in Human Resources Management in the Trucking Industry. That is supported by his 35+ years in the Human Resources field and the success he achieved for twenty years in the corporate world. Prior to founding Jim Parham & Associates, Inc., Jim served as Vice President of Human Resources for Watkins Motor Lines, Inc., one of the Nation’s Most Highly Respected / Profitable Non-Union LTL Carriers. He understands the business ‘from your side of the desk’. Jim realizes that tractors, trailers and terminals are necessary, but PEOPLE MAKE THE DIFFERENCE! He will be happy to arrange a personal visit to further explain how his expertise can benefit your organization.


We are an executive search firm dedicated exclusively to the transportation industry. This includes all segments of the Trucking Industry, including Logistics & Brokerage Operations, Specialized Carriers, and Warehousing.

We have been providing the transportation industry with qualified candidates for over 35+ years and look forward to providing you with further information through this site.


In today’s deregulated environment, the single most important factor impacting your operating ratio is simple…

“People Make The Difference”

You already have the assets of terminals, tractors, trailers, etc.

“People Make It Happen!”

Superior management talent can be the determining factor in producing desired profit margins in today’s highly competitive business environment.

“Mediocre Performance Can Not Be Tolerated!


Jim Parham - Managing Partner

Jim Parham has 45+ years experience in the transportation industry. His knowledge of all segments of the trucking industry contributes to his strong reputation among transportation executives from succession planning and exit strategies to human resources management. For the last 35+ years, Jim has been President of Jim Parham & Associates, Inc., a widely regarded transportation human resources consulting firm. Before founding JP & A, he served as Vice President of Human Resources at Watkins Motor Lines, one of the largest non-union LTL carriers in the industry. As a member of the senior management team, Jim successfully guided the Human Resources function through the deregulation of the trucking industry and the rapid growth years following deregulation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Piedmont College where he has served as a Board of Trustee member for 15 years. He also served as President of the Alumni Association and received a distinguished Alumni Award in 2001.

Jim also serves as Managing Partner of Transport Capital Partners, LLC for over 15 Years. Transport Capital Partners is recognized as the leader in providing Merger & Acquisition Services to the Trucking Industry.


  • As Vice President of Human Resources, successfully directed accelerated trans-continental expansion during rapid growth years immediately prior and following deregulation while maintaining non-union status.
  • Successfully guided management restructuring of a publicly traded carrier resulting in greatly improved share value prior to sell.
  • Assisted family-owned carrier in successful merger of two business segments resulting in a stronger management structure, while allowing buyout of family member seeking exit from the business.
  • Assisted aging ownership of buyout by management team resulting in greatly enhanced share value of $70+ million revenue carrier.
  • Successfully negotiated resolution of family dispute resulting in buyout of family member and renewed the family relationship.
  • Performed numerous Human Resource Management Assessments that achieved enhanced organizational flowchart depth improving profitability.


Piedmont College, Bachelor of Arts Sociology with a Minor in Psychology


President, Jim Parham & Associates (Current)
Vice President of Human Resources, Watkins Motor Lines
Region Human Resource Director, Coats & Clark Co.


Distinguished Alumni Award Piedmont College, 2001


Board Member, Piedmont College
Member of the Coastal Conservation Association/Saltwater Fisheries
Member of First United Methodist Church
Hahira Masonic Lodge – 45 Year Member
Speaker at Tank Truck Carriers Association
Speaker at State Trucking Association


Seeing the trucking industry prosper with rapid growth during the early ‘80’s when many predicted the total collapse of the industry prior to deregulation.