Jim grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ and attended the local schools in the area. He then joined the US Air Force in 1962 and spent time at Da Nang Air Base, Viet Nam and Nakhon Phanom, Thailand.
In 1966, he entered the real estate business. Jim is married and has two children, Steve & Diana. He presently has six grandchildren. His daughter Diana lives in Coral Springs with two granddaughters attending Florida State and a grandson in the US Army stationed in Iraq.
His son Steve is an Attorney in Cherry Hill, NJ with three granddaughters in High School.
Jim sold his business to Berkshire Hathaway 2011. He retired in 2020 and moved to Boca Raton, Florida.