Jim received his education in hospitality and business from the Dedman School of Hospitality & College of Business at Florida State University. Jim also received his MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas. Jim started his career in hospitality as a general manager of a very successful privately owned restaurant in Chicago. Jim began his 40 year career in private clubs joining the management and executive team at ClubCorp in 1973. During his tenure at ClubCorp Jim held the Board level position of Executive Vice President and handled all levels of responsibility Including negotiating acquisitions and leases, property development, operations (resort, country, city, yacht, and city/athletic), equity conversions, strategic planning, national food and beverage operations, national purchasing and architecture & design. Upon retirement from ClubCorp Jim joined the College of Business and Dedman School of Hospitality at The Florida State University as the Executive in Residence. Jim served as the Director of the Professional Golf Management major for 8 years and taught the club management and services management curriculums.
Jim is involved in many of the associations in the industry including; PGA, CMAA, CHRIE and PGMEA. Jim is the past president and a founder of PGMEA (Professional Golf Management Education Association). Jim has recently been a member of the development team with CMAA education that developed the new BMI Golf Management continuing education program for club managers which is hosted by Florida State University at World Golf Village
Jim is the Chief Executive Officer of ClubSpecialists Intl (CSI), which provides management and consulting services to resorts, golf courses, private clubs and other service industry organizations.
Jim likes to play golf, collect antique & unique cork screws; in his spare time restores & shows classic cars and is an accomplished woodworker. Jim and Ginger have been married for 51 years; his son Jeff lives in Hollywood Florida with our grandson, Tyler.