Jim grew up in Connecticut and enjoyed a lifestyle that included fishing, hunting, and recreational shooting. He earned his BS in Business Administration from the University of New Haven graduating Summa Cum Laude. He furthered his education with graduate programs from Wharton, Harvard and UCLA. He served as a Nuclear Weapons Specialist and later as a Top Secret communication officer in the Office of the Commander Chief United States Army Europe. Jim spent 40 years in the health care field holding executive positions with leading companies and in 1982 founded National Diagnostic Services, Inc., a firm which developed over 100 comprehensive medical imaging centers, offering CT and MRI imaging capabilities along with other advanced diagnostic capabilities to many American cities. These facilities were both hospital based and freestanding outpatient centers and were among the very first to offer Magnetic Resonance Imaging and advanced generation CT. In later years he founded Medtec Partners, (a medical leasing company), Syncor Diagnostics, Inc., (an international diagnostic provider), and Tamarack Partners, which owned and operated a co-generation power plant producing electric power by burning wood waste.
Jim along with his daughters Betsy and Katie own and operate two of the most comprehensive shooting sports and firearms training facilities in the country. Jim is active and supports many organizations including the United States Olympic Shooting Team where he serves as a board member and President of their Foundation, various veteran organizations, including the Special Forces Charitable Trust, Wounded Warriors, etc. Jim served for over a decade on the SSCI Foundation board and continues to serve in senior positions in various conservation organizations dedicated to protecting the world’s wild places for generations to come.
Jim spends his time between his homes in Shaver Lake, California, and Los Angeles and travels extensively to his favorite places in Africa, Canada, and South America.