James was born and raised in Forest Lake, MN as the youngest of three. With two older sisters he has always strived to reach beyond his years. He graduated from Forest Lake with a general education degree and jumped right in to the work force hired as a warehouse manager for an electrical contractor. In 2009 he enlisted in the active army and spent three years at Fort Benning, GA as a bridge engineer where he had the opportunity to attend US Army airborne school as well as Army combatives programs. In 2012 he enlisted in the Army Reserves and landed a part time job as a wait assistant at a small restaurant in white bear called Acqua. Within eight months he was promoted to restaurant manager and helped open a second location on Forest Lake. After 2 years of management he made a decision to change things up for the better. He obtained his Real Estate license and joined up with a friend and colleague Joey Torkildson to help build Team Tork. He lives in North Branch with his beautiful wife Sarah, and their two boys James and Jacob.