James, a Youngstown, Ohio native, was an active duty Army officer and Green Beret (Army Special Forces) Team Leader. He had multiple deployments across the globe including Iraq and the Republic of Georgia (before, during and after the Russian incursion in 2008). James graduated from Cornell University and is a passionate and forward-thinking leader with a unique career that has spanned active duty Army, entrepreneurship, and non-profit management. He is married to Crystal Martinez Patrick and they enjoy exercising, outdoor activities, and spending time with Crystal's three beautiful children – Kirsten, Conrad, and Cameron. James is also involved in local Rotary and Business Executives for National Security (BENS).