Jim “Bear” Dyke, Jr. is a wine enthusiast, horticulturist and entrepreneur.
Dyke began his career in Washington, D.C. as an attendant at the United States Senate parking lot and then as an Assistant to the Brewmeister during the infancy of the micro-brew movement. He parlayed his passion for brewing and public policy into a lobbying position at the Beer Institute where he was exposed to the politics, policy and regulatory challenges that large brewers and their suppliers faced.
Over a 15 year career in Washington, Dyke worked on several Presidential campaigns, starting as a county manager in Dubuque, Iowa for the Bob Dole for President campaign. He was a public relations consultant, a lobbyist, a coalition manager, a congressional campaign manager and a spokesman. Dyke served in the Bush Administration as Press Secretary for U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald Evans and Press Secretary and later as Communications Director for the Republican National Committee. In 2005 The Washington Post described Dyke as a “creative campaigner” based on his record of innovative communications strategies.
In 2005, Dyke moved to Charleston S.C. and founded what today is JDA Frontline, a public affairs company now based in Washington, D.C. that helps Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and non-profits develop strategies to successfully deliver complex messages to targeted audiences. During his time leading JDA Frontline, Dyke served as a communications advisor to then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, President George W. Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court of the United States and the 2012 Republican National Convention.
He currently serves on the Board of Charleston Day School, is a past board member of the College of Charleston Communications Advisory Council, Chucktown Squash, American Crossroads, the BB&T Charleston Wine and Food Festival, the USO World Board of Governors and Charleston Habitat for Humanity.
An Arkansas native, Dyke is a graduate of the University of Arkansas where he earned a degree in history. He resides in Charleston, S.C. with his wife and two children.