Jim began his 43-year (so far) green industry career working in a garden center near his family’s home in Lithonia, GA at the age of 15. He was hooked. He chose to study natural science and earned his first Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Oxford College at Emory University in 1976. His second, in Botany/Horticulture, came just 2 years later from the University of Georgia. He worked for a landscape company during the summers all the while.
Upon completing his studies, Jim certainly put his education to work. He has worked in several areas of the industry in a number of different capacities. He worked as a grower and managed greenhouses, nurseries and landscape companies. After completing numerous hours of graduate-level management studies, Jim moved out of the operational side of the business and into sales. For the last 20 years Jim has represented seed companies and wholesale growers. The last 11 of those years have been as a Sales Consultant for Bracy’s Nursery.
Jim is passionate about plants and he has accumulated a vast amount of horticultural knowledge over the years. He knows what drives growers, garden centers and landscapers and what they need to be successful from both the management and sales sides. He is always happy to share his knowledge and experience so that others may prosper.
A Georgia native, Jim lives in the Kennesaw, GA with his wife and son. His interests include; coin collecting, hiking, camping, bird watching, studying nature, and, of course, gardening.