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.