Jim is the Assistant Vice President for Economic Development and the Executive Director of the Office of Technology Development at The University of Oklahoma. He teaches Entrepreneurship in the Price College of Business and manages two technology investment funds for OU.
Prior to joining the University, Jim spent over 15 years as a Venture Capitalist investing in start-ups and university spin-outs. He has invested in and advised over thirty technology-based start-ups including QTera, Optium, Biofisica, Bladelogic, Digital Furnace and Enpocket. He has led new company formations, follow-ons, strategic partnerships and exits as well as secondary investments in partnership funds. Most recently, Jim led an Atlanta-based IP search firm, IP2Biz, to a successful turnaround by implementing a new business strategy, company reorganization and financial recapitalization.
Jim began his career with BFGoodrich Aerospace managing operational and customer support resources for commercial airlines in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He is currently the Chairman of the Oklahoma Venture Forum. He is an Eagle Scout, Scoutmaster, recipient of the Charles L. Sommers Triple Crown Award and an avid fly fisherman. He earned his MBA from Duke University and holds a BA in French and Economics from Sewanee: The University of the South.