Jim grew up near the Chesapeake Bay and learned to sail at summer camp on a Sunfish. He cruised with family on a small sailboat on the Bay, and later sailed 420's in high school. After graduating from NYU film school, Jim and a couple of friends purchased an aging 26' Westerly Centaur and headed South. Miraculously they did eventually make it to Venezuela and then continued on across the Carribean, through the Panama Canal and into the Pacific, north to San Diego. Jim did finally begin that long belated career. He worked for a decade as a film and tv editor in New York City, but continued sailing with his wife Kate, on their 30' Pearson Wanderer and later their 42' Pearson 424 which they also lived aboard in New York Harbor.
In 2002 he joined the team at Great Hudson Sailing Center. Jim choose to partner with Great Hudson for their low pressure client-focused approach to sales, which was a good match to his personality, and Great Hudson's excellent reputation and long standing association with the Beneteau brand as one of the oldest Beneteau dealers in the US. Since then, Jim has earned his Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBBA) Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) and Beneteau Certified Sales Professional qualifications and has repeatedly received Beneteau's prestigious "Top Gun" honors for sales. Jim and his wife Kate do their sailing closer to home with their two sons, Louis and Henry, onboard their Beneteau 343. Jim is still passionate about sailing and continues to enjoy meeting people who share that passion.