Jim’s work is “vision driven” and employs innovative strategies and problem solving tactics that combine to successfully complete the project at hand. Whether as the Navigator for Stars and Stripes or Owner/Developer of historic redevelopments his ability to see the big picture and manage the details translates to award winning results.
Jim got his start in real estate when he partnered with 1992 Sailing Olympic teammate, Kevin Mahaney. Together, they started Olympia Development, an award-winning real estate group based in Portland that focused on up-scale commercial and mixed-used development. Jim served as president of the company for 10 years, during which time Olympia Development completed over US$200 million in real estate projects, which included several hotels, the 280 and 300 Fore St office buildings, and the first LEED certified private office building in Maine.
In 2008, Jim moved to Bologna, Italy, with his family. While in Italy, he served as Project Director for MProject, planning a €400 million redevelopment of multiple projects including an historic rehabilitation of the famed Excelsior and Des Bains Hotels. In 2011, he returned to Portland and acquired the former Portland Press Herald building, and renovated it to historic specifications and is now the highly acclaimed The Press Hotel and UNION Restaurant. This hotel is the first LEED (“Leadership in Energy and Design”) certified hotel in Maine.
Jim serves on the boards of Portland Chamber of Commerce and SailMaine and is past president of the Children's Museum of Maine. He was a 1992 Olympic Silver medal winner and winner of the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year in 1990, awarded to the top sailor in the U.S. Jim has successfully competed in other numerous National, European and World sailing championships. He was navigator on Stars & Stripes in the 1995 America’s Cup and was tactician on Young America during the 2000 America’s Cup in Auckland, New Zealand.
Jim lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife, Julia, and their two daughters, Lila and Claire. The family can often be found cruising Casco Bay or recreating in one of New England’s great outdoor spaces like Acadia National Park.