Jim is a native of the Philadelphia (PA) area where his Methodist roots and his interest in music began. A trumpet player, Jim was very active in his high school band and a local drum and bugle corps. Jim pursued a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Madison College, now James Madison University. He became a high school band director, and began his church choir involvement by singing bass, participating in small vocal ensembles and as a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Jim later developed a passion for hospitality and customer service, spending 21 years with the Walt Disney World Company in Orlando where he enjoyed roles in park operations, entertainment, special event operations, cruise line operations, and learning & development. During his Disney days, he led the Adult Choir at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Winter Haven. After six years of service, he then assisted as interim minister of music at First Baptist Church in Bartow. It was also during this time that his free lance trumpet was called upon throughout central Florida.
A move to Tallahassee enabled Jim to lead the Human Resources and Training efforts at Aramark at Florida State University, where he met his wife, Kathy. His Tallahassee years included serving as choir and orchestra director for traditional services at Killearn United Methodist Church. Jim and Kathy relocated to South Florida in 2018 for a job opportunity for Kathy. They live in Sunrise, with their rescue dog, Disney.
Jim has three sons and three grandsons, with a fourth on the way. He continues playing trumpet and volunteers as a mission specialist for Bugles Across America, playing TAPS for memorial services.