James was born in Galloway Township, New Jersey. When he was six years old, his parents moved to South Daytona, Florida, where he grew up until his sophomore year of high school. In 2002 his family built a home in Port Orange, Florida. After graduating from Spruce Creek High School, James enlisted in the United States Marine serving from 2004-2008. He was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Beaufort, South Carolina, during his enlistment. He served as a Personnel Administration handling pay and entitlements.
James moved back home to Florida after receiving his honorable discharge and attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. Graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security, James remained at Embry-Riddle working as an Academic Evaluator and Advisor. He took advantage of the benefits of his academic setting and continued with his studies as well, earning a Master of Science in Aeronautics in 2016.
In 2016, James and his wife traded one tropical location for another, moving to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he worked for Hawaii Pacific University. He was quickly promoted from Veterans Coordinator to Assistant Director of the Military Veteran Center and then again to the Director of the Military Veteran Center. In his various roles, James worked personally with veterans, helping them realize their full educational benefits while keeping the university compliant with the Department of Veteran Affairs.
2004-2008VeteranStationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina, James served as a Personnel Administrator, where he was responsible for handling income and entitlements.
2012EducatedHe attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. Graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security. James continued with his studies earning a Master of Science in Aeronautics in 2016.
2016Family ManFreshly acclimated to the civilian world after his service in the Marines, James met the love of his life, a Flagler Beach native named Jess with a winning smile and a personality to match. Spending night after night in Flagler Beach, James came to love the area as much as he loved Jess, even proposing to her on Christmas Day in 2011 at the Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve. The couple tied the knot at the Hammock Beach Resort in 2013 and called Flagler Beach their home from 2010 to 2016.
2019Land OwnerAfter settling down and ensuring the health and safety of his family over the last few years, James knew that it was time to give back and serve the city that has given him and his family so much for almost forty years.