Volunteering has been a way of life for James since he made Las Vegas his home in 1993. He finds himself most happy when being able to make a difference in his community by giving back and striving to make Las Vegas a better place to live and visit. He has been involved in many organizations and has served as a board member and a past President and Vice President of the Southern Nevada Association of Pride, Inc on and off since 2003. James currently serves as President of SNAPI.
James is also honored to have been a founding member and served on the Las Vegas Human Rights Campaign Steering Committee and served 5 years on the National Board of Governors. In his role as Governor, he served as the liaison between the National Headquarters and the local community. In his Steering Committee role, he was a Co-Chair for the annual Gala Fundraiser for the first 5 years. This event is one of the premier fundraising events in Las Vegas which raises resources in order to fight to achieve equality.
As a result of being in a leadership capacity in both HRC and Pride, James is often requested to speak to many local organizations and participate in many political and local events. Through HRC he has lobbied on Capital Hill several times and participates in Nevada’s first LGBT Lobby Days in Carson City. These visits have proven to be very beneficial in educating our law makers on the inequalities that LGBT Americans still face. James gets true satisfaction being able to mentor others that have never had the opportunity to use their voice to provide a face and real story to the lawmakers. As a result of all of his work in Government, James decided to take his Voice to a new level and was elected to the Nevada State Assembly District 35 in Nov of 2012. He proudly served his community for 2 years and was instrumental in establishing 12 road projects in his district, passed legislation that dedicated the most money ever seen toward education, championed the Marriage Equality and More Cops legislation as well as much more.
James is the Director of Hotel Operations at the New York New York Hotel & Casino. He has been with the MGM Resorts organization since 1993. He has served in the roles at the Front Desk, Housekeeping Director, Theme Park Operations Manager, Director of Guest Services and Hotel Director. In addition to his regular daily duties, James volunteers for all the employee activities that take place on his property and company wide. He also works very closely with the corporate Diversity team in being the company liaison to the LGBT community. Hand in hand, James can do professionally what he loves which is hospitality management while also striving to achieve his second passion, which is full equality for all LGBT Americans. All of which achieves his personal mission of making a difference and improving the lives of everyone.
In his limited spare time James enjoys taking cruises to anywhere that is warm, escaping to the movies, live theatre, music, dancing and dining out with his friends.
- 2005 Man of the Year from the Gay and Lesbian Center of Las Vegas
- 2007 Volunteer of the Year from Human Rights Campaign
- 2009 Chair of the Year from the Human Rights Campaign
- 2009 Best Overall Fundraiser of the Year from the Human Rights Campaign
- 2009 President of the United States Volunteer Service Award from the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada
- 2011 MGM Resorts Employee Volunteer of the Year
- 2015 MGM Resorts J. Terrence Lanni Award for Excellence