Republic’s Jim Berry Dies at 83

From the Chattanooga Times-Free Press:

Jim Berry, head of Republic Parking System and the owner of some major downtown buildings, died this morning. Berry’s company became a leading parking management firm after having begun as an operator of parking areas at airports under the name Air Terminal Parking. The company was formed in 1966.

He also was the owner of the Republic Centre and Liberty Tower, both high-rise buildings located on Chestnut Street in downtown Chattanooga.

Berry also was active in banking circles in Chattanooga, having been chairman of United American Bank of Hamilton County in the early ’80s when he tried to save that bank as the Jake Butcher United American banking empire crumbled across Tennessee. The local United American Bank was eventually acquired by Union Planters Bank of Memphis, Tenn.

The family will provide full details on arrangements later, but said donations may be made to Bethel Bible Village, American Heart Association, Siskin Children’s Institute or First Things First.

I have never met Jim Berry, but have seen the results of his legacy.  Republic parking reaches all parts of the country and has had great success in its operations. I did some research and found this great article on Mr. Berry

Jim Berry

Parking Czar:

By Kathy Gilbert — from the Chattanooga Times Free Press, April 30, 2011

“I really should have been a cowboy,” says James C. Berry — the 80-year-old Chairman and CEO of Republic Parking System, Inc. and owner of a commercial real estate business, the Jim Berry Company. He has retreated from his 20th floor corner office —with its panorama Lookout Mountain view, buffed cherry desk and lampshade with a price tag dangling inside — to an alcove secreted behind a paneled pocket door.

This paper-strewn “man cave” is Berry’s command center, the inner sanctum. The furniture is beige; the blinds closed. A bag of Extra Value Intense Dark Ghirardelli chocolates sits next to a flashing, multi-decked phone. There is no cell phone, no computer — his secretary prints out his important emails.

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Jim Berry, dead in Chattanooga at 83



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