Jim has had printing ink in his blood since the age of 16. He learned to operate small offset presses while still in high school and was able to use the same skills in the Air Force. After the service, he received a vocational degree in printing from St. Paul Technical Vocational Institute, winning a silver medal in Offset Printing at the National VICA competition in 1973. Jim decided to continue his education in printing and went on to studies at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. He received a BS degree in Printing Technology in 1977.
His private industry career began in the ink industry with positions in ink formulating and customer service. He worked for 7 years in all aspects of printing and printing ink. This included offset printing, flexo printing, gravure printing and large web offset printing. After a short flirtation with owning a restaurant, Jim went back to what he loved-the graphic arts industry. He became a graphic designer and art department supervisor for two medium-sized printers. Since 1995, Jim has been senior print graphic design partner of InsideOut Solutions, a destination marketing, design and web development company in Sequim, Washington.
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