James is the CEO of Vibrant Cities responsible for site evaluation, acquisition, development, funding and banking relations. Additionally, James is a seasoned entrepreneur, investor and founder of multiple successful companies. As a sought after thought-leader, speaker, and writer on real estate, technology, and entrepreneurship, James has been an active real estate investor and property manager for the past 18+ years, acquiring, developing and managing over $500+ million real estate projects.
James is also the Founder and Chairman of Avidian Technologies, the creator of Prophet, the world's leading CRM software built in Outlook. Prior to Vibrant and Avidian, James was the co-founder and President of Foci Technologies (acquired by Meritage Technologies), and held positions at Arthur Andersen in New York City and Chevron Corporation in San Francisco.
James is a recipient of the NW Asian Weekly’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, Puget Sound Business Journal's “40-Under-40” award and the Small Business Association's "Minority Small Business Champion of the Year" award. James is an enthusiastic Rotarian and served on the Board of the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation. James was a board member and Chairman Emeritus of the Group Health Foundation (acquired by Kaiser). He graduated from University of Washington with a B.A. in Business Administration and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management (OPM) program.