Management Spotlight: Jimmy Franklin Jr.


His name is not James, his given name is not Jim; it really is Jimmy!  Jimmy Franklin Jr. has been working at Independence Association for over seven years and is currently working as our Staff Trainer and Special Olympics Coordinator.  Jim is always in a good mood and is eager to help his fellow staff and work with the people we serve.  He has been the Special Olympics Coach for many years and has seen the participation rates increase significantly. He thrives on the accomplishments of the Special Olympians he coaches, and is a beloved coach and trainer; he derives as much pleasure watching the athletes perform as they do participating.   He loves sports, especially basketball and football, and his favorite team is the Miami Dolphins! He collects authentic jerseys, and can oftentimes be seen eating Tootsie Rolls while training staff.  Jim is accredited to teach Safety Care, CPR, First Aid, and the live portion of the College of Direct Supports.  It is no doubt he has personally trained more staff than anyone else in his position.   Jim is a true family man and he is devoted to his wife Cyndie and their children.  He takes his role as a father seriously and attends all of their extracurricular activities; he really goes crazy making them specialized Halloween costumes which are always based on a theme.  The next time you see Jim; ask him where he bought his wedding coat!