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James’ parents will tell you that he captured the attention of his first audience at a very early age and never turned back. They will also tell you that he cost them way too much money, but that is beside the point. James started facilitating leadership presentations and speeches in 2002 for his peers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) and at regional student leader conferences.
By infusing his thought-provoking talks with comedy and self-awareness, James’ audiences stay engaged from beginning to end. In 2011 James was signed by the nationally renowned agency, CAMPUSPEAK. Becoming a Professional Speaker has allowed James to do the two things he loves the most: having a positive impact on individuals’ lives and making people laugh!
Most recently, James became a Professional Life Coach in January of 2014. He works with his clients to help them get out of their own way and begin living their lives on purpose. James coaches individuals on finding and following their passion, work-life balance, leadership techniques, communication skills, and public speaking.
James grew up in Sayville, NY and attended college at UNCW. While there he was a Resident Assistant for over 3 years and was heavily involved on campus. James earned his B.S. in Marine Biology in May of 2005 and promptly put it to good use by attending graduate school for Higher Education Counseling at Clemson University.
During his time at Clemson, James uncovered his passion for Social Justice work as noted by his efforts with the One World Project and his work in the Multicultural Programs and Services Office. He became a proud brother of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. in February of 2007. In May of 2007 he earned his Masters of Counselor Education: Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education.
James then moved to New York City, to be closer to his family and his dreams. He worked for 4 years at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus where he oversaw the advocacy, leadership-development efforts, crisis response, and community programming for all first-year students residing on campus. Then in October, 2011, James became the Student Government Organization (SGO) Advisor at New Jersey City University. As the SGO Advisor he served as a bridge between the students and all other departments on campus and oversaw the leadership development of many of the university’s student leaders. Finally, in August of 2013, James left NJCU to pursue his dream of being a full time speaker and a life coach.
Outside of spending time with students, James has a number of other passions and hobbies. Most notably, improv comedy. He trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and taught classes at the Magnet Theater, both in New York. In early 2009 he created “North Coast” an improv team that incorporates freestyle rapping and beatboxing into long-form improv, and they have impressed and delighted audiences nationwide. He is also a semi-professional photographer who is loyal to Canon products. Lastly, and possibly most randomly, he is a wedding officiant and has had the distinct honor of officiating 7 weddings of close friends!