Jim joined Jostens in 1981 after teaching yearbook, social studies and leadership in California and Oregon. He worked with schools in the central Willamette Valley of Oregon from 1981 through 1990. In 1991 he moved to Leavenworth, WA where he continued with Jostens on a part-time basis while opening his own design firm, Koobraey Productions. From 1990 until 2000 Jim's firm designed all marketing materials for the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth's Chamber of Commerce, Mission Ridge and various businesses in that area in addition to publishing a full-color magazine on Leavenworth from 1998 through 2000. Jim went back to full-time yearbook work in the Seattle area in 2000 and continues to dabble in graphic design and marketing.
Jim loves to travel. He and his wife Kathleen try to go someplace at least three times a year. Since meeting Kathleen in 1997 they have traveled to more than 20 states outside Washington and more than 35 foreign countries. You can see his travel and family pictures by clicking here.
Jim's other hobbies include photography, cooking, film, theater and fitness. He has twice done a 365 project (in 2008 and 2011), taking and posting a single photo each and every day of the year. In 2013 he began a 7/52 project where he and a group of international photographers took 7 photos a week for the entire year and he did that again in 2014. For 2016, he is doing photos on a weekly basis and posting them to Flickr. You can click here to see his latest.
The current highlight of Jim's life are Mason and Maylee, his grandson and granddaughter who live just far enough away that he can't see them but once a month. If you would like to meet the two cutest kids in the world (don't all grandpas say that) you can click here.