Jim started surveying in 1968 in the state of Maryland. He has surveyed on the east coast, Canada and the west coast. Jim is a Professional Land Surveyor in Oregon and Washington. He is also a Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS). For twenty-three years Jim was an instructor at Renton Technical College teaching the Land Surveying program. He has published articles in state and national magazines. An active member of the Land Surveyors Association of Washington, and the National Society of Professional Surveyors. In 1990 he was chosen as the Washington State Associate Surveyor of the Year and in 2010 was chosen as Washington State Surveyor of the year by his colleagues in LSAW. He is also the past president of the Land Surveyors Association of Washington, the education committee chairman, and the Washington State Director to the National Society of Professional Surveyors.