James came aboard as a Retirement Specialist in July of 1997. He quickly developed an acute interest in business administration and devoted his time watching his father operate the Firm. In 2003, James was appointed as the Executive Director. He began coordinating a strategic growth plan that included the negotiation, development, and launch of a nationally exclusive retirement product for teachers focused on rate of return and liquidity. During this time, James also began to oversee the finances of the Company and was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer in 2007, and then as the Chief Executive Officer in 2012. James is driven by maintaining and supporting an environment that allows K-12 public education employees to successfully prepare for, and live well through, retirement.
Prior to 1st American, James served in the United States Marine Corps from 1993-1997 as a Plane Captain and Power Plants Mechanic on the F/A-18 Hornet combat jet. His greatest accomplishments include being a husband, father, son, and uncle. He is passionate about life with his wife, Mary, and their three sons. He enjoys golf, softball, travel, and a myriad of outdoor activities with friends and family.