Jim became President of WineAmerica in 2017 after serving more than 20 years on the organization’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He has been involved with the grape and wine industry since 1982, primarily as president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation which he co-created in 1985. He has served on Boards of Directors of national and international organizations involved with public policy, research, marketing, and trade, and has received several national awards or accolades for his contributions to the American wine industry. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and judges in many wine competitions around the world. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from Allegheny College, and an M.A. in International Communications from American University in Washington, DC. He lives and works on Keuka Lake in New York’s fabulous Finger Lakes wine region.