A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, and a Delta Tau Delta Fraternity member, Jim served four years in the U.S. Navy. He lived in Japan for four years, and served on board the USS Independence CV-62. Jim loves to travel, and has been to 23 states and 13 countries. Jim backpacked throughout Asia multiple times; climbed Mt. Fuji, and is an avid sports fan. In 2011, Jim wrote his first book, Go the Distance, which was followed up by two other books: 2000 Miles on Wisdom (2015) and Next In Line Please (2016). Topics are on alcoholism, customer service and the power of positive influence. In 2013, Jim rode a bicycle from Carmel, Indiana, to Orlando, Florida, to raise money/awareness for multiple myeloma cancer. In April of 2017, Jim ran his first marathon to raise funds/awareness for breast cancer. He is an avid reader, and writes periodically for the Current in Carmel newspaper. Jim is an operations manager at the Indianapolis Airport, and he currently lives in Carmel, Indiana.