James was born and raised in Chapel Hill, NC and remains a lifelong Triangle Area resident. James is also a graduate of East Carolina University, where he pursued a passion for art and furniture making, graduating with a BFA in 2002. After graduation, he founded Spirewood Studio, his own high-end custom woodworking shop in downtown Raleigh, where he was able to develop not only his building skills, but an entrepreneurial passion and deep desire to help clients to improve their lives. In 2015, James became a licensed Realtor, joining the Hill Team with Fathom Realty and helping both Buyers and Sellers in the real estate market. His knowledge of custom home building lead him to sell new homes for a local custom high-performance home builder in both the Wendell Falls and Pinehurst No 9 neighborhoods. James earned his Certified Sales Professional (CSP) designation in 2018 and loves helping clients see the creative possibilities in building or finding their future new home. James continues to enjoy learning and expanding his skills daily, always working towards both professional and personal goals. He has worked alongside Veteran-based charities like the Patriot Foundation and helps to build homes for Habitat for Humanity in NC, WV and FL. James and his wife, Trish, love to travel with their daughter, Bella, and watch movies with their dog and cats. He also enjoys participating in a variety of outdoor activities including Golf, Running, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Fishing and Disc Golf. James is also an avid woodworker and loves painting and sculpting as a creative outlet.