Born in Guangzhou, China, Jim served as an enlisted U.S. Marine later becoming a presidentially decorated Marine officer. Educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jim’s corporate experience includes GM’s Packard Electric Division and PepsiCo. Since 1988, Jim has worked in entrepreneurial ventures in management consulting and technology exploration and application. Jim and his wife Linda have also worked in collaboration with other partners to provide technology solutions to improve global and homeland security and to safeguard international trade.
In recent years, Jim has returned to his roots in training and organization development, co-founding AcumenHQ with Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald to provide entrepreneurship education and mentoring to veterans and small business owners. Jim also serves as an Advisory Coach, working closely with Franchise BIZ Experts founder and fellow Marine Dick Humphrey to help veterans acquire franchise businesses. Jimhas served as director on the board of two publicly traded companies and a number of private firms. Jimalso served as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Director, Veterans Business Outreach Center for Region IX (CA, AZ, NV, HI, and Guam). Jim currently serves as Chairman of the National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. (REBOOT), a nonprofit whose co-founders, retired Navy Rear Admiral Ronne Froman and Master Chief Petty Officer Maurice Wilson, have been recognized by the White House as Champions of Change.