Foundation Board Chairman
James H. Sanford is chairman of the board of HOME Place Farms, Inc. and is a fourth generation cotton producer whose great grandparents, Lila and McQueen Smith, began operations of the farm in 1881.
Mr. Sanford’s affiliations include chairman of Choice Cotton, Inc., Alabama Cotton Commission, The EDPA Foundation, Inc., The Legends Park Improvement District, Auburn Research and Technology Foundation, and National Cotton Council Cotton Investment Committee and Leadership Development Committee. He is president of Autauga Quality Cotton Association, a nine state cotton marketing association and USA-LSA, a loan servicing agency of the USDA. His directorships include Alabama Power Company, Autauga County Farmers Federation, and Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. He is general partner of HOME Place Capital and Warm Springs, LLC (GA). His memberships include Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Agricultural Advisory Committee, Southern Cotton Growers President Council and Executive/Legislative Committee, and he is former member of the Birmingham Branch Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Mr. Sanford is co-chairman of the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee and director of Autauga County United Way. He serves on the board for Autauga Foundation, Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association, Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, and Montgomery Area Committee of 100. He is a trustee of AuburnUniversity, JudsonCollege, member of Auburn University Research Advisory Board, Auburn University College of Agriculture Dean’s Council, Auburn University Montgomery Trustee Advisory Board, Marion Military Institute Presidential Advisory Council.
Mr. Sanford received a B.S. in Business Administration in 1968 and a M.S. in Economics in 1971 from AuburnUniversity where his thesis was accepted for the University’s library. He designed and computer-programmed systems for his thesis and the University. He is married to Dorothy H. Sanford, and they have three adult children, Susan Jones, Catherine (Walt) Porter and William H. Sanford and granddaughter Annabeth Jones.