A native of Pennsylvania, Jim received a BA degree from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He and his wife Jane relocated to Hendersonville in June, 2015. Jim retired from the property and casualty insurance industry after 38 years in marketing and management. He has served as a board member for non-profit organizations in Lutz, Florida (Christian Social Services) and in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina (Southern Wake Faith Community in Action), serving as board chair at the latter in 2013 and 2014. He and his wife are active members of Grace Lutheran Church in Hendersonville.