James has been involved with the contracting industry since 1985. James has a solid background in HVAC service and installation as well as commercial refrigeration, electrical, and plumbing. He was a licensed master mechanic. He is the founder and past President of EnviroTech Heating & Cooling, Inc., one of the more successful residential/light commercial service and replacement companies in the area. James has been featured in several major newspaper articles as well as local television and radio. He has served as a consultant to major insurance companies who asked him to investigate alleged fraud and abuse related to the HVAC industry. He has also served as an expert witness.
James is the President of Aptora Corporation, which manages the growing portfolio of accounting software, field service management software, flat rate pricing software systems, and other related products and services.
He is also President of Mr. HVAC LLC, a management-consulting firm that focuses on HVAC operations manuals, management and sales systems, seminars, business coaching and personal training.
James is a majority shareholder at RA Tax and Accounting Inc. This company offers complete accounting and tax services including income tax preparation, QuickBooks training, corporation setup and compliance, IRS audit representation, business valuations, and more. RA Tax and Accounting specializes in helping the service and construction industries.
Additionally, he is the managing partner at Pro-American Investments, LLC. A small commercial real-estate investment company.
James was the treasurer for his previous Home Owner’s Association (HOA) and is president of his current HOA.
James works hard to improve the contracting industry through his efforts as a nationally recognized public speaker, computer software developer, teacher, writer, and business consultant. He has performed on-site consulting with approximately 150 or more HVAC and related contractors all over the United States of America. James has taught hundreds of seminars all over the USA. He has been a featured speaker at many national events including ComforTech and ISH. James has addressed groups including EGIA Contractor University, Associated Builder’ and Contractors, PHCC, QSC, and ACCA.
James works specifically in business development, organization design, employee performance criteria, leadership, marketing, and service/replacement strategies. He is the editor of a popular newsletter and author of several publications and textbooks. He has written for The News®, Contracting Business®, Contractor®, and Construction Business Owner® magazine and others.
His unique combination of practical field experience and “book smarts” make him an ideal person to communicate with today’s contracting business owner. As many of his clients will say “he has been there and knows what he is talking about”.
On a personal note, James is married with 3 kids, 3 cats, and lots of house plants. He has studied various forms of martial arts and holds a black belt in karate.