From Troy, Alabama, Jim graduated Troy High School in 1959, The Citadel with a BA in English in 1963, from the University of Alabama in 1973 with a MA in English. He served as an officer in the United States Army, and was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal for his actions in combat in Vietnam. Jim taught composition and literature at the University of Alabama prior to his real estate career.
Jim began his real estate career with Johnson-Rast and Hays in 1978, was recognized as the company’s top sales manager numerous times, and opened LAH in 1992. In ten years, the company grew from one agent to the second largest company in the state. Jim was named the Birmingham Association of REALTORS® “REALTOR® of the Year” in 1989 and recognized for his leadership by being awarded the prestigious Tom Rast Award in 2004. He served as president of the Birmingham Association of REALTORS® in 2007. He holds the ABR, ABRM, CRB, SRES, and CDEI designations.
Jim has been teaching real estate since 1978. He authored and taught sales training programs for both Johnson-Rast and Hays and LAH Real Estate. He also authored several of the required risk management courses for the Alabama Real Estate Commission. He has written and taught numerous continuing education courses, and is recognized by NAR as a national CRB instructor. He is also certified to teach ABR, SRES, Code of Ethics, Professional Standards, and Military Relocation courses by NAR. Jim is presently the Education Director of the Alabama Center for Real Estate.
** Jim is available for team-teaching with Dot Mash**
The Alabama Association of REALTOR®; (AAR) is the largest statewide organization of real estate professionals. United by adherence to a Code of Ethics, our members work as real estate professionals in the sale, lease, appraisal and development of residential, rural, and resort properties throughout Alabama.