Jim attended Control Data Institute in 1979. While attending CDI, Jim was hired by Southwest Data Systems, Inc. Starting out as a field technician in 1979 he worked his way up to Service Manager for one of the largest 3rd party maintenance companies in California. After selling that division, he worked in the software development division, providing software support and integration services to over 600 customers worldwide. In 1995, Jim purchased Southwest Data Systems and set the direction for the company to build on its history of hardware and software support. Jim is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), and a Microsoft Small Business Specialist (SBSC). In 2004 Jim Co-Founded the Small and Medium Business Technology Network (www.SMBTN.org), a membership organization for IT consultants, resellers, and related professions which provide IT services and/or solutions to businesses.