Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center J.D.
  • University of Virginia – Darden School of Business Master of Business Administration
  • Old Dominion University B.S., Computer Science

Associations

  • Admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia

Jim actively supports technology startups and entrepreneurs, and advises companies on economic development issues and on investing in the U.S. He has over 25 years of experience as a technology entrepreneur, angel/private capital investor, business leader and senior state government executive. From 1/2010 to 1/2014, Jim was the Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As a senior member of the Governor’s cabinet, his portfolio included 13 agencies ranging from economic development, housing, employment, export, licensing, tourism, small business, mining and energy. As Secretary, a large part of his duties included interacting with all levels of foreign corporations and governments on trade and related issues.

Before his role in state government, Jim was an active angel and private equity investor specializing in technology companies. In addition to mentoring many startups and small businesses, he was the President of Totus Lighting Solutions, an efficient-energy startup. Jim founded Computer & Hi-tech Management, Inc. (CHM), a government IT services firm in 1994 and served as the CEO until 2005. He grew the company from a staff of 5 people to 550 and $90M in revenue at the time of sale in 2005. In 1999 his company was named Virginia Business Magazine’s fastest growing private company in Virginia and the 12th fastest growing private U.S. Company by Inc Magazine’s “Inc 500”. In 2001 he was named SE Virginia’s KPMG Entrepreneur of the year. In 2003 Jim was selected as the FCCC Greater Washington DC Contractor of the Year (under $100M), as well as, Distinguished Entrepreneur by Old Dominion University, his alma mater.

Jim currently serves on numerous boards and advisory boards of non-profit organizations, for-profit startups and mid-sized companies. He is serving as the Co-chair of the Social Enterprise Roundtable of Virginia and is a trustee of the Darden Graduate School Foundation at the University of Virginia and is a member of the Old Dominion University Educational Foundation board. Jim has served on various speaking panels in the private equity and angel investing space.