James grew up in the Chicago area. He and his wife Sharon have lived in seven states. He has been in Kingsport, Tennessee since 1996 where he raised his family and now works as an Innovation Manager at Eastman Chemical Company. Over the past 25 years, he has held roles in sales, business development, technology, and marketing. Prior to Eastman, James was a U.S. Naval Submarine Officer. The best way to divert his attention is to mention fly fishing.