Jim grew up in the music business and has enjoyed music and attending concerts. He is a 1987 graduate of Luther College, where he majored in business management. Following graduation Jim worked for civil engineering firm.
In 1992 Jim returned to the family business as an Educational Sales Representative and Vice President of Kephart's Music Center in the Decorah location.
Jim is now excited to be servicing southeast Minnesota and southwest Wisconsin as an Educational Sales Representative for West Music, and to be co-managing the Decorah location with his wife, Ann. He particularly enjoys getting new students started in music education, and truly believes that music makes you smarter, and that the more involved students are, the better individuals they become. Jim has four kids, all who have been in both band and choir.