About Jim Vogel

jim-11-17-16Jim is from Detroit, born and raised in the Motor City, where he spent over two decades working for the Ford Motor Company. He served Ford in a wide variety of internal communication functions and was an editor for over 12 years with the Ford General Services Division; he served as the Chair of the Ford International Newsletter Editors (FINE) from 1994 to 1996.

During his time at Ford, Jim earned an Associate’s Degree in (Mathematics) Applied Science from Schoolcraft College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in (Industrial) Psychology from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Communication from Eastern Michigan University.

Jim developed and taught Organizational Communication classes as a Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Michigan – Dearborn while working at Ford, and taught Business Writing classes at the University of Phoenix in Raleigh NC.

In 1999, Jim and his family moved to the Triangle and made Apex, NC (near Raleigh) their new home.  He joined the Hendrick Automotive Group that same year and had a 10 year career with Hendrick in both Charlotte and Cary NC. He served in sales, and as a National Sales Training Manager for the Hendrick Retail Operations in the USA. In 2005, he was appointed the Director of Training and Recruiting for the Cary (NC) Auto Mall.

With his organizational background in both writing and editing in mind, he founded I.M.U. Social Media LLC (IMUSM) in July, 2011; the purpose, to serve small business owners, start-ups, and solo professionals who need social media content and marketing on a reasonable budget.

Over 25 clients later, IMUSM continues to grow, providing high quality content and strategic engagement for micro and small businesses in the Triangle NC, Lake Norman NC, Michigan, and Louisiana.

In 2014, Jim moved to the Lake Norman Region of North Carolina, just north of Charlotte, and now resides in Davidson, with his wife Susan and their little fur buddy Lily.

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Jim is an avid Detroit Tiger baseball fan and Detroit Lions football fan, and loves his Alma maters, the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, on basketball and football game days.

Jim is also an active and vocal community spokesperson for local small businesses in the Triangle and across Lake Norman. His mantra is “Success is a Team Sport”. People are only successful when they put others first, asking nothing in return.

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Jim is the Ambassador at Large with the Apex Chamber of Commerce, Founder and Chair of the Lake Norman Small Business Network, Founder and Social Media Director of the Apex Small Business Network, Coordinator of the Lake Norman Small Business Network Blood Drive, and is the Chair of the Economic Development and Business Growth Committee, Board of Directors, Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce.