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James Belle
Executive Director of The Market at 7th Street
As Executive Director of The Market at 7th Street, James’ team cultivates, supports and incubates food industry and retail services entrepreneurs from concept to execution. James is a solutions-based critical thinker and servant leader liaising relationships and leveraging influence to attain beneficial outcomes.

James champions diversity, inclusion and equity and collaborates across multiple demographics to advance The Market’s mission, vision and value proposition. His expertise includes wholesale and retail food services, culinary operations, supply chain, category management, consumer engagement, sales channel optimization, strategic planning, margin strategy, performance modeling, regulatory compliance and sustainability.

James holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Before joining Center City Partners, James served as Food & Beverage Subject Matter Expert and Retail Services Advisor to United States Air Force, Joint Base Langley Eustis, 633d Mission Support Group Commander, and Retail Dining Manager at United States Naval Academy. James experience also includes tenures as an executive chef, foodservice director and managing partner.

A native of Huntsville, Alabama, James is a fourth-generation agribusiness advocate and notable University of Alabama Football fan. He lives in Harrisburg with his partner Heather and their twin children, William and Katherine. Roll Tide!