I attended Lakeside High School and then the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar. I made my first documentary in 2003, which I sold to HBO and some other TV stations around the world. Several more documentaries followed, as did four books.
James graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar. While in college, he started a restaurant company, becoming one of the first developers of what is now Boston Market. After the company went public, he sold his restaurants and began consulting for several clients in the food business, as well as publishing the Restaurant Marketing newsletter.
After segueing into magazine writing, James made his first documentary in 2003, which he sold to HBO and some other TV stations around the world. Several more documentaries followed, as did four books, the first two for Simon & Schuster (Scribner) and Harper Collins. During the Covid-19 lockdowns, he began publishing The Intelligent Newsletter on Substack.
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James enjoys writing about anything business, legal and/or finance-related. He also loves writing about restaurants and food.
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James currently lives in Winter Park, FL with his dog and his partner of 10 years where they listen to as much music as possible, cook, and travel when it gets hot! He personally curates his dog’s IG and YouTube channels, which have racked up 50,000 followers @bigworldsmalldogs.
He’s also the youngest franchisee of Subway Sandwiches in history. He was also one of the first developers of Boston Chicken, which is now more famously known as Boston Market.