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Learn More About Me

James sitting near a fountain

James' Summarized Life Story

I was born in Alexandria, Louisiana. My mother was an educator and my father was in the Air Force stationed at the England Air Force Base in Alexandria. One day my father indicated that we were moving. I thought he meant across town, but in fact, we ended up moving to Lakenheath Air Force Base in England.


My family and I subsequently moved to France briefly before spending most of my developing years at Hahn, Spangdahlem and Wiesbaden, Germany. I even got into baseball, and I played in the Little League World Series in Germany.


My father was then reassigned to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. There, I graduated from Mayfield High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

I have seen a lot throughout my childhood and I was and continued to be ready to make a positive impact in our world.

Education and Work


  • After high school, I wanted more education, so I decided to attend New Mexico State University. I received a BA Degree in Journalism, Sociology and Government in 1976 and a MA Degree in Sociology in 1977

  • Subsequent to graduate school, I attended Georgetown University Law Center where I received a JD Degree in 1980

  • I attended and graduated from the Parker School of Foreign & Comparative Law at Columbia Law School in 1986

  • I attended and graduated from the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Graduate Business School in 1993


  • I accepted a position at Honeywell as a Contracts Manager-Avionics Division following my graduation from Georgetown

  • Other positions included Senior Counsel, Associate International Counsel, Asia-Pacific General Counsel, and Director of Honeywell's Global Airport Business

  • I also worked at Jostens in 1995 as a Legal Consultant in their International Business in the United Kingdom

  • At the same time I worked as President and CEO of Global Vision Enterprises

  • Finally, I worked as President and CEO of Life Force Therapies Medical Clinic. You can see the story of my clinic in the article

Life Force Therapies Article

Story of Life Force Therapies

Personal Summary

  • Innovative and dynamic results-oriented professional with over 25 years of experience in the US and Globally

  • Decisive team player/leader with proven analytical, problem solving, organizational, planning, administrative, and communication skills

  • Meets diverse people at all levels and effectively motivates other to attain goals and objectives

  • Thrives on challenge and works well under pressure

James at Wayzata Scholarship Awards Night

Wayzata Scholarship Awards Night

Plymouth Rotary Club Supports YMCA

Community Involvement and Accomplishments

Community Involvement

  • Junior Achievement Advisor

  • International Rotarian: Golden Valley, MN; Wanchai, Hong Kong; and Plymouth, Minnesota

  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Lifetime Member

  • Golden Valley Human Rights Commission

  • American Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong)

  • YMCA Board of Directors

  • The City Heights Condominium Board of Directors, President

  • The Woman's Club of Minneapolis Board of Directors

  • The Monitors Foundation, President  

  • The Uplifting Foundation Board of Directors, President

  • Plymouth Housing Redevelopment Authority Commissioner.


  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (1976);

  • Rhodes Scholar Semi-Finalist (1976);

  • American Bar Association (1981);

  • Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity (1981);

  • Outstanding Young Men of America (1981);

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (1982);

  • Who's Who In American Law (1987), Marquis Publication Board;

  • Who's Who Among Black Americans (1988);

  • Who's Who Worldwide (1989), Who's Who Registry;

  • 4 Time Paul Harris Award Recipient, Rotary International;

  • Honeywell Black Employee Network Outstanding Achievement Award (1994);

  • YMCA Policy Volunteer of the Year (1996);

  • YMCA Blaisdell Chairman of the Board Award (1998); and

  • Who's Who 2011 Executive of the Year Representing the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Industry.

I have always had three main values in my life:

  1. Character: Always doing the right thing, no matter the consequences

  2. Integrity: Always being truthful, no matter the consequences

  3. Empathy: Always having care and concern for others

James With Local Ukrainian


Ukranian Supporter


Ukranian Supporter

James cleaning up Plymouth roads


Road Cleanup

With a Local Ukrainian Pastor/Leader

Wayzata High School Scholarships Awards Night

Cleaning up Plymouth Roads

What do I Plan on Achieving?

Here are the goals that I plan on achieving.

The Plymouth City Council outlines a list of goals every year. If elected, I will effectively relay the citizens' needs in order to assist the city of Plymouth in reaching its full, great potential. I already have some ideas in mind.

James Near a fountain

1 Plymouth; Better Together

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