Mr. James joined The Heights in 2017 as an associate in the business office and the strength and conditioning coach for all varsity and junior varsity sports teams. Originally from northeastern Pennsylvania, Mr. James earned a B.S. in Economics from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.B.A. in Finance from DePaul University. While at Navy, he was a member of the football and track teams, earning three varsity letters as a running back. Prior to joining The Heights, Mr. James founded and served as President & Chief Executive Officer of FirstLine Financial, Inc. for over 12 years until its acquisition in 2017. He also served in a variety of leadership roles in the financial services consulting industry and spent seven years on active duty naval service as a Surface Warfare Officer. He retired from the Navy with 20 years of total service in the active and reserve forces. He and his wife, Annie, have eight children.