James grew up in Belmont, MA, where he spent 18 patient years waiting to move to Maine. A graduate of Bates College, he took his psychology degree into a marketing role at Strategic HR U.S. – the producers of this very event! He now runs the marketing, advertising, and philanthropic outreach for Clark Insurance. He holds two volunteer roles: one on the SHRM Maine State Council and another with Focus Maine. He derives intense pleasure from afternoon walks and spends his summers painting the Maine coast in a combination of pen and watercolor.