Gainesville businessman Jim Syfan was one of two men appointed Wednesday by Gov. Brian Kemp to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
One of the founders of Turbo Logistics, Syfan will represent the Ninth Congressional District. He assumes the post immediately, replacing Philip Wilheit on the 19-member board that oversees the state's public colleges and universities.
The other member appointed Wednesday was Tim Evans, chairman of the board at Evans General Contracting, a company he founded. He represents the Sixth Congressional District.
"For many years as strong business leaders, Tim Evans and Jim Syfan have worked hard to make their communities and our state better," Kemp said in a news release. "With decades of experience, they are eminently qualified for these posts, and I am honored to name them to the Board of Regents to serve our top-ranked university system."
Jim Syfan and his sons founded Turbo Logistics, Inc. in 1984. The company grew to over $100 million, and in 2006, it was sold to OHL and has since been bought by XPO.
Syfan currently serves as the CEO of Syfan Logistics, which he also founded with his sons, who are joint owners. He is also the Chairman and CEO Turbo Truck Center, Inc., Turbo Sales & Leasing, Inc. and Syfan Transport, Inc. He has served on numerous trucking and transportation professional organizations.
He has served on the Hall County Clean Task Force, the Hall County Technological Committee, the Gainesville-Hall County Economic Development Council, and the committee on Unification and Development for the City of Gainesville.
In 2020, Kemp appointed Syfan to serve as a member of the Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority.
He and his wife, Gloria, have two sons, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. They reside in Gainesville.