Jim holds a doctorate degree in industrial psychology. Over the course of a 35-year career he was a university professor, human resources consultant to organizations, human resources executive, and corporate president of Federated Insurance Companies. He retired from business in 1996 and began writing and speaking. Jim is the co-author of eight highly acclaimed gift books including: In His Grip,Playing the Game, A Champion’s Heart, Finishing the Course, and The Master’s Grip. He also wrote the story of his father’s which he called Happy Trails to You. In 2010 he coauthored Fingerprints of Faith with Lenore Else. He regularly posts encouraging thoughts on life, golf, and faith on his website.