Jim is a native of Stockbridge, 4th generation. The Berkshires are in his blood. Its natural beauty, sophisticated culture, and country lifestyle beckoned him back in 2002 after 25 years of being away.
During his time away, he acquired a BA from Boston College and an MBA in finance from Cornell University’s Johnson School, and went on to work in Boston’s Investment Banking/Brokerage industry as a Financial Analyst and Institutional Stock Broker. Jim's groups at Hambrecht and Quist and then Deutsch Bank were responsible for bringing Amazon, Northface, Mondavi Wines, Odwalla, Adobe Systems, and Pixar (to name a few) public. He worked on deals with Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs and brought them to the likes of Peter Lynch at Fidelity. Jim was the go-to guy for difficult to place deals because he recognized the story behind a great company and was skilled at telling it. While in Boston he bought, renovated and sold five properties.
Jim's father used to say, “You can take the boy out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the boy.” When his favorite house in all of the Berkshires was for sale, it was at a time when he craved what Stockbridge and the Berkshires meant and offered to him – open land for hiking and back country skiing, easy access to ski mountains, pond hockey, hunting, fishing, swimming, and golf. His grandfather was a teaching pro at the Stockbridge Golf Club. Jim and his childhood best friend have won the Stockbridge 4-ball golf tournament a record seven times. And, of course there was the music he remembered – Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood, Van Morrison and Bonnie Raitt at Music Inn and the famed Alice’s Restaurant. Fortunately, the music scene has only gotten better since his childhood and even since his return in 2002.
Jim's home, Boulderwood, has been his passion. He has single-handedly tamed 75 acres with his tractor, Scagg mower, chain saws and scythes. Sculpting the landscape and understanding the land are innate skills. His land is now home to Icelandic Horses, Scottish Highland Cattle, chickens and Border Collies. The house itself underwent a massive renovation and has been featured in Yankee Magazine, Berkshire Living Magazine and Berkshire Magazine. He even filmed his wife’s two nationally televised PBS shows at Boulderwood.
Other notable facts about Jim: He has sat on boards of public and private companies as well as non-profits He participated in the 1st (now famous) Josh Billings RunAground triathalon now in it’s 42nd year; He was a founding member of the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky Montana; Jim has heli-skied in the Canadian Rockies; He is a single digit handicap golfer; and has three amazing adult children.
Jim loves land and historic homes; He can see potential and visualize what something can become. He also knows the Berkshires like the back of his hand. When you are looking for that special place in the Berkshires, let this native son guide you there.