Jim was born and grew up in Tulsa.  He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.B.A. in Management.  He is a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.  He started his career with Southwestern Bell/AT&T in Oklahoma City. He held various operational and staff positions as a manager.  He has lived in St. Louis, Houston, and Dallas until retiring from AT&T and returning to Oklahoma City.  He started Stress Less-Meditation for Beginners at Cimarron and co-leads the classes.