Jim attended Centennial High School in Pueblo, CO and graduated from Colorado State University-Fort Collins in 1973. Jim was the co-owner and real estate broker of RE/MAX of Pueblo and Pueblo West, CO from 1980- 2017. Jim has served on several bank boards and numerous charitable boards throughout his career. He currently serves on the Parkview Medical Center Medical Board. He is married to wife Barbara Lawrence Hadley (Professor at CSU-Pueblo), and they have two children, Carrie Heimmer and Molly Hadley.