Jim is retired after 30 years with the Department of the Navy in project management, training and finance. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Chapman College. Jim has started, operated and sold several small businesses in the desert including retail and wholesale sandwich businesses, retail and wholesale produce businesses and a rental business. He has taught over 250 college-level courses in economics, finance, accounting and business. He continues to act as a volunteer in many non-profit activities including a Cultural Center, a private senior center, an arthritic pool, and a large SoCal Credit Union. He has volunteered for his local Chamber of Commerce and the CA “Adopt-A-Highway program. He served in the Marine Corp for over 5 years.