After serving in the U.S. Navy, James originally from the central valley of California, spent the early part of his hospitality career working in national parks and ski resorts traveling between Oregon, Colorado, Washington and California. While playing golf at a new private course in the valley, the opportunity presented itself to manage the food and beverage department at the yet to be built clubhouse. That was the beginning of a country club management career that has spanned over 25 years in locations such as Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and of course California. James received his certification in club management from the Club Management Association of America in 2011, and is currently working on being inducted into the honor society of CMAA. His education and experiences have been instrumental in the branding and building of the Corner Café and event spaces here at The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.