James Van Hecke left a successful career in business to oversee the relocation of Pavillion International treatment center to North Carolina. He has served as CEO olf Pavillion and currently is Director of the Burke County (NC) Council on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency.
For almost four decades Jim has held important leadership positions in the for-profit sector, the non-profit (recovery related) sector, and in education and politics.
He was National Retail Sales Manager for Union Camp Corporation and President of both Westover Products and Vanford Communications in Greensboro, NC. He was Executive Director of Pavillon Foundation, with responsibility for facilitating the move of Pavillon International from Canada to North Carolina, a task which included managing a Ten Million Dollar fund-raising campaign. He then served as Executive Director of Pavillon International for six years. He is currently Executive Director of The Burke Council on Alcoholism and Chemically Dependency and is Founder and President of the Addiction Recovery Institute.
He was a member of the Executive Team which built and endowed the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies at UNC-CH. He served on the Planning Team to rewrite the NC Mental Health/Substance Abuse Plan in 2002 and is currently a Board Member of Alcohol and Drug Council of North Carolina.
He has been an Adjunct Professor of Political Sciences at UNC-G and in 1986 – 1988 served as Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party.