James, a partner at Laurel Hill, has been responsible for creating and maintaining a program to market Laurel Hill and to attract new clients and businesses. He created a support business entity, IdeaAlley, LLC, to help network Laurel Hill and to bring in new clients and investment opportunities from outside the utility sector. In networking Laurel Hill, additional responsibilities included the creation of websites and logos, as well as developing and running a marketing program and seminar to select the most promising venture concepts in a competitive venue as a vehicle to attract businesses for investment purposes.
Prior to joining Laurel Hill, James worked in the film and video production industry from 1983 through 1999. During this time he worked in many fields of the business. A majority of the work performed was as Lighting Director for film and television. He also worked in the areas of Public Relations and Marketing in developing campaigns for feature films, corporate videos and projects. While working in a Producer's capacity, James' responsibilities included designing artwork, editing trailers (short vignettes of longer films, a.k.a. coming attractions) and creating written material that was used to promote sales of several projects.
James graduated from Long Island University at C.W. Post College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. He also attended the New York University Graduate School of Fine Arts.