About James

James was born and raised in Hood River, Oregon, spending his childhood on his family's cherry and pear orchards. He left Hood River to serve in the US Marine Corps, where he was a cartographer and land surveyor.

after his honorable discharge in 2005, James attended Portland State University, where he earned his business degree. He and his wife have settled back in the Hood River area with their two children. 

​Growing up, James' parents would often find him under the stairs reading Calvin and Hobbes by flashlight, and he never lost his love for books.