Before retiring to Carmel in 2013, Jim enjoyed a 45-year business career in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries, leading marketing and business development initiatives, holding executive leadership positions, and serving on the Boards of Directors of both venture-backed and public companies. He is a former Director of the Governing Board of the Biotechnology Industry Organization. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Jim graduated with a BA in English Literature with a minor in Business from Seton Hall University, where he also attended its Stillman School of Business.

Happily trading the business world for the natural world, Jim now devotes much of his time to favorite outdoor activities—hiking, birding, photography—and, of course, interpreting nature as a docent at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. He completed docent training in 2014 and served as Deputy Docent Administrator and then Docent Administrator from 2016-2020.

Jim was elected a PLF Board member in 2015 and served as Board Secretary during 2021. He and his wife Anne reside in Carmel, have two grown children, three grandchildren (and a grandpuppy), and are thoroughly enjoying family, friends, travel and volunteer work in the community.